Happy Monday from Quick Shift, where mobility news never stops. See our roundup of what happened over the weekend below. — Shiraz Ahmed
The Uber-Waymo trial commences Nearly a year after Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company, accused Uber Technologies of stealing trade secrets, the trial officially begins today. It has been a wild ride leading to the trial, with former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down over an array of scandals, the trial getting delayed because of a controversial memo from a former Uber employee and Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the case, getting fired for refusing to comply with discovery. Last week, the California federal judge overseeing the case made a telling statement when deciding what to reveal to the jury, saying the case is about trade secret theft, "not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation."
Our Katie Burke is at the trial today, and she says it's already getting interesting. Follow along with her on Twitter.
- Daimler and Bosch will begin testing robotaxis in Germany in a few months, reports Automobilwoche (German).
- Continental and Nvidia will partner to scale manufacturing of advanced self-driving chipsets.
- UPS, the fleet shipping giant, will spend $7 billion this year to expand network capacity.
- Tesla is expanding its presence in Australia by installing solar panels and Powerwalls, its home energy storage product, in thousands of houses to create a distributed power plant.
- AI4All, a computer science mentorship program, launched its first program in Oakland, Calif.
- Wall Street sours on Ford's Hackett.
- Convoy of autonomous cars drives from Seoul to Pyeongchang.
- What if even California buyers aren't ready for electric cars?
- Lyft wants to appeal to commuters by making it easier to use pretax dollars.
- Uber is losing to Grab in Singapore.
- Can virtual reality ever really get off the ground?