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Waymo, Lyft partner to test autonomous vehicle tech

Posted on May 16, 2017

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s parent company, and ride-hailing company Lyft are partnering to test driverless-car technology, the companies recently confirmed, according to The Washington Post.

Both Waymo and Lyft declined to provide details on the timing, location, number of vehicles, staffing and cost of the test program.

Meanwhile, Uber is in a legal battle with Waymo over allegations that it is using stolen trade secrets for its self-driving car program. Last week district judge William Alsup referred the case to federal criminal prosecutors for investigation, and in documents unsealed on Monday, the judge gave Waymo broad power to scrutinize Uber's program.

As part of that ruling, Waymo attorneys and technical experts will be allowed to monitor Uber's ongoing business. They will also have the power to ask for a large number of documents that Uber has so far not handed over, including records of meetings and phone calls with Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who took the documents. Uber must return the documents by May 31, according to the report. For the full story, click here.

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