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Uber and Waymo put differences aside to work on autonomous trucking

Truck fleets led the way in commercial adoption of mobile communications for tracking and navigation, and now 30 years later they are repeating the trick for autonomous driving. Trials and even early pilot deployments are well underway, with Uber and Google sister company Waymo both announcing deployments just a month after settling their strange case over alleged theft of intellectual property. That case unearthed more of Uber’s dirty secrets but failed to establish any clear evidence of real IP theft associated with an ex-Waymo employee who subsequently joined Uber. It was settled by Uber paying $245m purely in equity with no legal fees either way, apparently as compensation for not having gone by the book, rather than being guilty of…

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