Alphabet Inc.’s Gets Approval by Federal Authorities to Run Its Autonomous Cars

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The search engine giant is the first ever technology giant to get approval for its autonomous cars.

Alphabet Inc.’s dream of penetrating into the autonomous car segment is a step closer to its fulfilment. The US Vehicle Safety Regulators sent a letter to Google approving the artificial intelligence that was running the latest Google car and stated that under the Federal Law it can be considered as a driver. This approval has just brought the company a step closer to bringing its cars on the roads.

The search engine giant has submitted a proposal on November 12, 2015 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration –NHTSA mentioning the design of its self-driving car and the technology that it was run on. This regulatory agency helps various organizations to work on their safety standards while designing cars; but they are willing to approve the software as a ‘driver’ that is running these autonomous cars made by Alphabet.

Google is not the only organization that is working on these self-driving vehicles; although it is the only technology giant to have gotten approval from the authorities. Other such technology giants in the business who are working on the same innovative vehicles include Tesla Motors and Apple, Inc. However these two companies have not yet been able to reach up to and fulfill the requirements of the regulators – as they have strict safety laws and regulations that the businesses need to live up to if they were want to see their autonomous cars running on the roads.

Due to the reason that the other companies working on the same technology have not yet gotten approval from the authority are not complaining that this is delaying the testing process as well as the deployment of these vehicles. Furthermore, the authorities have also stated that these latest cars need to have steering, wheels, brake pedals as well as a licensed driver so that it’s a simple car in its essence but could run without all these things as well.

It is safe to say that we will be able to get our hands on these self-driving cars soon enough since Google’s system has gotten approval but it still needs to work on a few strict things which might take a while. According to the approval given by the Federal Agency, these cars require further safety equipment which include the braking system activation by foot and it has also provided the company with a specific map on which these automobiles are allowed to function.

According to Google, having the dual system in the cars could actually be a major problem as it would give people the impression that they can take control of the vehicle. Because of the device gives people the option of a steering wheel and acceleration; they will want to override the automatic system of the cars. The chief of NHTSA did take this concern into consideration as stated that the standards set on the vehicle need to be rewritten before the company launched the autos.


Alphabet, Inc. Acquires Bebop Technologies Inc. For $380 Million

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2015 has been one of the best years for Google, Inc.; 2016 has a lot to offer with its autonomous car sector, virtual reality market and YouTube.

Bebop Technologies, Inc., a startup founded by Diane Greene who is a Director and Executive at Alphabet, Inc., was acquired by the largest search engine company for a price of $380 million, as per a securities filing earlier on Monday. According to the agreement of the acquisition, the Internet giant offered to give $380 million in shares on December 17, 2015.

The filing stated that the Diane Greene received stock valued $148 million as part of the deal in this entire acquisition which the recognized Silicon Valley businessperson plans to donate to a “donor advised fund.” This advised fund is a way of giving to charity through which the donor can have tax benefits and keep a check on how much money is donated and where it is going, as stated by the Internal Revenue Service.

Greene has been a part of Alphabet, Inc. for a while now and also been a board member since 2012. Under the Bebop deal, the entrepreneur was named the Senior Vice President of Google’s cloud computing business in November. Currently the cloud computing business has been lagging behind Microsoft Corporation and Inc.’s cloud sectors, as they are the market leaders.  For years she has specialized in the area of selling cloud storage services and tech devices and she is doing the same for Google by selling these products to larger organizations.

A cloud executive, Urs Holzle who works alongside with Ms. Greene has stated that the acquired technology will play a vital role in company’s enterprise IT offerings. At the time when the acquisition was announced Bebop Technologies had 39 employees and 76 investors, according to the filing presented on Monday. Some of the investors that have helped the startup out were Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.

On the other hand, 2015 has been a good year for Google’s stock as it appreciated 45%, showed increased revenues as well as earnings. It turned out to be one of the most striking days for the tech giant. The next planned step for the company is penetrating into the virtual reality market with its Android VR along with Google Glass Gen2. Additionally, another segment on which the organization is going to keep its focus on is the monetization of YouTube, which is its best offering. The third attention is going to be given to the autonomous car sector – although these vehicles are not scheduled to be launched it 2016 but analysts predict it as one of the major revenue generators for the future.

Ford Motors Has Received Approval From California State Authority For Its Self-driving Cars

Ford Motors Has Received Approval From California State Authority For Its Self-driving Cars

The automobile giant is now not only in competition with other automobile companies but also technology companies as self-driving cars come into existence.

In year 2016, Ford Motor can officially begin testing their self-driving cars on the roads of California. The self-driving vehicle by the automobile company is Ford Fusion Hybrid, which is all set for a test drive on the roads of the country. Currently, the automobile has already been tested in Michigan and Arizona; with the help of structured road infrastructure the cars will be better able to deal with traffic and changing road conditions.

According to Ford news, the automobile corporation has planned to test a number of Hybrid cars on the roads of California, which most likely will be tested on pre-planned routes. These routes could include highways and city streets. As per the reports, provided by the company, the vehicles will be guided by 3-D map technology. Legislation has been passed by the California state Authority to allow the use of self-driving cars on the roads of the cities. A number of company’s cars have been seen on the Golden Gate roadway including those of Alphabet, Inc. and Volkswagen.

Along with these automobile and tech companies, many other manufacturers have also received approval for using autonomous cars technology on the roads. Some of the companies are Tesla Motors, Honda Motors, etc. most of which will start selling these self-driving vehicles by 2020.

In January, the automobile giant established a research and innovation center in California and hired more than 100 employees who were researches and engineers to work on innovative technology which puts it in an ideal position to establish partnerships with various Silicon Valley based tech companies. Along with targeting tech giants, the automobile company is also making efforts to develop relationships with various universities.

In 2016, Ford Corporation is planning on establishing relationships with Stanford University. Together they plan to work on over 13 projects mainly focusing on resolving technical issues in automated driving. Another program that both the company and university will be working on is the Smart Mobility project which will revolve around building internet connectivity for driverless cars and car-sharing.

At this point, it is not just automobile corporations that are competing with one another but automobile companies are now in competition with technology companies such as Uber, Google and Baidu Inc. The automobile industry right now needs to focus on developing expertise in digital technology because the future will mostly be about driverless cars with internet connectivity.

As for the rivals, Google’s autonomous cars have been tested in a number of different states completing 1.3 million miles. Currently, these vehicles drive are 25 miles per hour.