Google’s Self-Driving Firm

Sues Uber For Stealing Technology And Trade 


Past few weeks haven’t been good for Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who was forced by the leftists to quit President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, and had to suffer a backlash for his decision in the form of ‘DeleteUber’ campaign. Things have taken a dip further, with Alphabet’s Waymo claiming that Uber’s Otto had stolen it self-driving car technology and trade secrets.

Waymo has said that its former employee named Anthony Levandowski took the information from the company’s server when he left in January 2016 to co-found a self-driving car venture that became Otto. This company was later acquired by Uber.

In the documents filed in San Francisco federal court on Thursday, Waymo blames Levandowski for “downloading 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files”.

"We believe these actions were part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo's trade secrets and intellectual property," the company has said in its statement.

The technology that Uber is accused of stealing is called ‘LiDAR’ and is related to the radar system developed by Waymo to help its self-driving cars ‘see’ what’s around them. Waymo has alleged that the machine drawings of Otto's LiDAR circuit board bear a striking similarity to its own LiDAR design, saying that it violates the company’s intellectual property rights.

The complaint will intensify Google’s rivalry with Uber and its results will have lasting effects on the future of self-driving technology.

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