Waymo claims Uber is using its patented lidar technology for its self-driving car program. Lidar is used in self-driving cars to detect objects. The above drawing is from a Google patent. Who needs to be a fly on the wall when there’s a courthouse where companies get to dish the juiciest dirt?
That’s how it felt to this reporter, covering Silicon Valley’s latest thriller/soap opera mashup, otherwise known as the Waymo vs. Uber lawsuit. You know, the suit where Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, claims former Google employee Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 "highly confidential" files before quitting in January 2016 to found his own self-driving truck startup. Uber bought that startup, Otto, for $680 million in August 2016.
In the latest hearing Wednesday at a Federal courthouse in San Francisco, Waymo asked Federal Judge William Alsup to order a preliminary injunction that could temporarily shutter Uber’s self-driving car program. He didn’t issue a ruling, but that’s expected to come in the next few days.
"Together they created a cover-up scheme," Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven told the court Wednesday. "They concocted a story for public consumption."
Uber counters that it never used the files that Levandowski allegedly stole and […]