Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer for self-driving project

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Tesla surges after Elon Musk says the first ‘full self-driving features’ are coming in August (TSLA)

YouTube / SpaceX Tesla‘s version 9 software should arrive in August, CEO Elon Musk said over the weekend. The first update since 2016 “will begin to enable full self-driving feature,” he tweeted. Musk also gave updates on the Roadster’s “SpaceX” package, which will include compressed air “thrusters” Follow Tesla in real-time here.  Tesla surged more […]

Alphabet’s Waymo hopes to bring self-driving car service to Europe

Reuters) — Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo wants to bring its robo-taxi service to Europe after it launches in the United States later this year. Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik said the company could enter European markets in collaboration with a partner, but did not give any timeframe. “There is an opportunity for us at Waymo…Read […]

Luminar’s lidar gives self-driving cars laser vision

Austin Russell, founder and CEO of lidar startup Luminar Technologies, is much taller in person than in pictures. We met at a hotel lobby in Midtown Manhattan, where he and co-founder Jason Eichenholz were recuperating after a whirlwind New York City press tour last week. Luminar was named one of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 companies, and […]