Toyota acquires US map and driverless data provider Carmera

On Thursday Toyota Motor Corp’s research arm said, it had acquired US based map and driverless vehicles data provider Carmera. The acquisition underscores Toyota’s push to bulk up its self-driving arsenal as traditional automakers compete with tech giants in the emerging autonomous vehicles sector. The acquisition will provide Toyota access to real-time, high-definition maps and crowdsourced…

Apple drags former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, to court over theft of trade secrets

The criminal complaint sheds light on Apple’s secretive self-driving car project, many of which are detailed here. A criminal complaint filed by Apple against a former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, for allegedly stealing self-driving car trade secrets so as to work for a Chinese electric vehicle startup provides a window into Cupertino’s work on the technology,…