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Feds Accuse Former Apple Employee Of Stealing Autonomous Car Trade Secrets Feds Accuse Former Apple Employee Of Stealing Autonomous Car Trade Secrets

The feds on Monday criminally charged a former Apple employee with theft of trade secrets, claiming the ex-staffer attempted to download a blueprint for a self-driving car to a personal laptop, before trying to flee the country and join a new startup in China.

Apple's Original Plans For A Car Of The Future Don't Sound Very Revolutionary Apple's Original Plans For A Car Of The Future Don't Sound Very Revolutionary

Apple’s new deal with Volkswagen to build some self-driving shuttle vans for its employees marks a severe departure from the tech company’s initial ideas for the car of the future, the details of which don’t really seem as revolutionary as many people initially wanted to believe.

Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees

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Boss Of Automaker With Most-Hated Infotainment System Ever Talks Shit On Apple CarPlay Boss Of Automaker With Most-Hated Infotainment System Ever Talks Shit On Apple CarPlay

Oh, here’s a fun one. You may remember Cadillac’s CUE as the long-running poster child for how terrible in-car infotainment systems and interfaces are, to the point where the laggy and convoluted setup actually dinged Cadillac’s cars in Consumer Reports. Now Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen is here with The Takes…

Apple Patents A System For Self-Driving Cars That Could Make Navigating Easier And More Efficient   Apple Patents A System For Self-Driving Cars That Could Make Navigating Easier And More Efficient  

After scaling back its ambitious car plans in 2016, Apple spent this year quietly immersing itself in the field of self-driving cars, and a new patent shows the company’s thinking of more efficient ways for autonomous vehicles to get around.

Apple Might Be Leasing Chrysler's Old Proving Grounds To Test Autonomous Car Technology Apple Might Be Leasing Chrysler's Old Proving Grounds To Test Autonomous Car Technology

Apple appears to be leasing a former Fiat Chrysler-owned proving grounds in Arizona to test autonomous vehicles, according to a source familiar with the matter. It’s the latest sign that one of the largest technology companies in the world isn’t as done with autonomous vehicles as expected, following the crash of its…

Apple's Secretive Car Program Might Have A Way For Autonomous Cars To Spot 3D Objects Apple's Secretive Car Program Might Have A Way For Autonomous Cars To Spot 3D Objects

Apple spent most of 2016 coming to grips with the reality that it couldn’t build a car, but this year, the tech conglomerate showed it still has ambitions to develop autonomous driving technology. Now, a layer of the company’s famed secrecy has been peeled back, as Apple researchers have published a paper on how it…

Possible Apple Car Just A Lexus With A Radio Shack On The Roof

It’s undeniable that the long-rumored Apple car was over-hyped, seemingly from the get-go. What reportedly started out as a clean-sheet approach to the car of the future is now probably just Apple’s attempt at getting in on the tech side of the self-driving wave, and now its car may have been spotted.

Apple Wanted To Replace Cars' Wheels With Balls Apple Wanted To Replace Cars' Wheels With Balls

Apple, a company you may be aware of from their Pippin game console, until fairly recently had some very ambitious autonomous car plans. Ambitious in the sense that they were planning to build a whole car. Last year, those plans were drastically scaled back, and a recent New York Times article gives some interesting…

Jeep Is The Only Way Fiat Chrysler Can Take Over The World Jeep Is The Only Way Fiat Chrysler Can Take Over The World

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Former Apple Exec Leaves Tesla After Just Six Months Former Apple Exec Leaves Tesla After Just Six Months

Former Apple guru and Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot Software Chris Lattner left the company Tuesday after only six months with the automaker. Lattner is the third key member of Tesla’s self-driving team to leave the company in the last six months.

Your SUV's Headlights Are Probably Trash Your SUV's Headlights Are Probably Trash

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Apple CarPlay Will Lock Down Your iPhone While You Drive Because You Assholes Can't Do It Yourselves Apple CarPlay Will Lock Down Your iPhone While You Drive Because You Assholes Can't Do It Yourselves

Apple has been under fire before for not stopping its users from texting while driving. It is a little ridiculous to expect Apple to take responsibility for what is clearly a user error, but such is the way of our times. And now Apple will add a Do Not Disturb feature to the iPhone to stop people from becoming…

Ford Will Add Android Auto And Apple CarPlay With An Update If You Have SYNC 3 Ford Will Add Android Auto And Apple CarPlay With An Update If You Have SYNC 3

Back in December, Ford announced that all 2017 models will include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity through its SYNC 3 infotainment system. Now, Ford has some decent news for 2016 model year owners: CarPlay and Android Auto is now available by way of a free update via Wi-Fi, a USB drive, or by visiting…

Apple's Self-Driving Car Program Is Legit Apple's Self-Driving Car Program Is Legit

Apple’s secretive car program came grinding to a halt last year, but the tech giant never gave up on the self-driving car race. And now it’s taking a step forward, with California regulators announcing Friday that Apple has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on state roads.

Apple Faces Lawsuit For Not Stopping iPhone Owners From Texting And Driving Apple Faces Lawsuit For Not Stopping iPhone Owners From Texting And Driving

Apple could face a potential class action lawsuit in California for not using its technology to prevent iPhone users from texting while driving. Apparently since no one can put their phones down when they’re driving, it’s on Apple to make them.

Tesla Hires Apple Veteran To Run Autopilot Team Tesla Hires Apple Veteran To Run Autopilot Team

Just days after Tesla announced 1,000 owners can use the latest version of the automaker’s Autopilot feature, the company said Wednesday that it poached an Apple veteran to head the Autopilot engineering team, and he’s tasked with “accelerat[ing] the future of autonomous driving.”

Apple Had Tech To Prevent Fatal Crash On FaceTime: Lawsuit Apple Had Tech To Prevent Fatal Crash On FaceTime: Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed in California this week claims Apple is responsible for a fatal crash because the tech giant had a patent to prevent drivers from using the FaceTime app, but failed to install it.

The Biggest Car Technology Stories Of The Year And What's Next The Biggest Car Technology Stories Of The Year And What's Next

As this whirlwind pile-of-shit year comes to a close, it’s probably best to remember that, if you squint hard enough, a silver lining can appear and make you forget momentarily the imminent doom that lays ahead. 2016 was all about the continued convergence of the auto and tech sectors, and what’s coming next will be…

Don't Believe The Hype About A Driverless Society Being Just A Few Years Away Don't Believe The Hype About A Driverless Society Being Just A Few Years Away

In 2009, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman spoke to a reporter about the excessive expectations that some people draw from movies. He highlighted how some hope for a life that mirrors Hollywood, and are eventually let down by reality. In the car world, autonomy is pegged as the ideal future, but will it happen as soon as…

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