“Today, we’re taking the next step in our journey with the introduction of our commercial self-driving service, Waymo One. We’ll first offer Waymo One to hundreds of early riders who have already been using our technology. Over time, we hope to make Waymo One available to even more members of the public as we add vehicles and drive in more places. Self-driving technology is new to many, so we’re proceeding carefully with the comfort and convenience of our riders in mind. At first, Waymo-trained drivers will supervise our Waymo One vehicles. ”
“Six-year-old Bytedance, owner of news aggregator Toutiao and video sensation Tik Tok, has surpassed Uber Technologies Inc. to become the world’s most valuable startup, according to CB Insights, which values Uber at $72 billion. Having become a major player in China’s internet scene, it’s now planning to use its influx of cash to take on Western rivals. Its biggest overseas hit is a video service called Douyin — known as Tik Tok beyond China — that’s siphoning attention from the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Facebook Inc.”
“Uber is developing a new short-term staffing business, dubbed Uber Works, that would help to diversify its business ahead of next year’s planned initial public offering. Uber hopes to apply its “on-demand” model and large database of contractors to provide a temporary workforce for events and corporate functions, such as waiters or security guards.”
“Uber Technologies Inc. recently received proposals from Wall Street banks valuing the ride-hailing company at as much as $120 billion in an initial public offering that could take place early next year, according to people familiar with the matter.That eye-popping figure is nearly double Uber’s valuation in a fundraising round two months ago and more than General Motors Co. , Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are worth combined.”
“William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, called Uber “reckless” and said the NTSB report “makes it clear that a self-driving car was tested on public roads when it wasn’t safe enough to be there, and it killed a pedestrian.” He added that the system “was far too dangerous to be tested off a closed track.”Some cities expressed hesitation about immediately allowing Uber to return to testing”.
“Les projets initiaux porteront sur la modélisation de la demande en transport basée sur le machine learning, des simulations de gestion de trafic aérien dense en basse altitude, l’intégration de solutions innovantes de transport dans l’espace aérien en lien avec les régulateurs français et européens tels que l’AESA et le développement des smarts grids afin d’alimenter les futures flottes de transports électriques aériennes et terrestres”.
«Software designers face a basic tradeoff here. If the software is programmed to be too cautious, the ride will be slow and jerky, as the car constantly slows down for objects that pose no threat to the car or aren’t there at all. Tuning the software in the opposite direction will produce a smooth ride most of the time—but at the risk that the software will occasionally ignore a real object. According to Efrati, that’s what happened in Tempe in March—and unfortunately the « real object » was a human being».
“We don’t know what happened” – Nvidia Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang.
«Nvidia has no choice but to take steps in the context of the fear, uncertainty and outrage likely to be stimulated by a robot car killing a human being» – Roger Lanctot.
«This type of scenario is exactly what (autonomous vehicles) are built to handle, seeing an obstacle far ahead and if necessary stopping. […] For those of us at Waymo, it was a very sad day, because that was an accident that was in a car that had technology representing the self-driving space» – John Krafcik.
«D’un point de vue plus stratégique, on peut aussi dire que l’uberisation concurrence des ressources stratégiques (par exemple les licences de taxi ou les emplacements pour les hôtels) par la mutualisation de ressources ordinaires (des individus possédant une voiture ou des logements vides). Le prix d’une licence de taxi à New York s’est ainsi effondré de 1,3 million de dollars en 2014 à seulement 241 000 dollars en 2017. On peut donc en être certain : même si Uber disparaît, l’uberisation – qui touche désormais des industries aussi diverses que le transport routier (avec Trusk), les parkings (avec Parkadom), la publicité (avec Eyeka), le conseil (avec BTG) ou même les salons de coiffure (avec PopMyDay) – lui survivra, et c’est déjà considérable».