July 21, 2017

Uber executive who worked on self-driving systems leaves the company



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Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, seen in March. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press) An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months.

The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs, who joined the company a year ago and left Monday.

Uber did not say why he left. The company said in a statement that Marakby’s “deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry” helped Uber “tremendously in working to make self-driving cars a reality.”

Markaby’s departure comes shortly after Uber was sued in February by Waymo, Google’s self-driving vehicle spinoff, which alleged that Uber was using Waymo trade secrets smuggled away by a former employee, Anthony Levandowski, who now leads development of self-driving cars at Uber.

Uber said Marakby’s departure was not related to the lawsuit.

Waymo has asked for a freeze on Uber’s driverless car project until the case is settled. Uber told a judge that it did not use stolen trade secrets.Marakby said in a statement that self-driving technology was one of the most interesting challenges he worked on in his career and that […]

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