July 22, 2017

Uber and Waymo face off in court over self-driving row



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Anthony Levandowski is accused of downloading 14,000 files from his former employer Two giants in self-driving car technology will face each other in court on Wednesday.

Ride-sharing firm Uber is accused of stealing trade secrets from Waymo – the company spun out from Google’s self-driving division.

Waymo has a requested an injunction that would stop Uber from using the disputed tech, which could severely hamper Uber’s development of self-driving cars.

Uber has denied the allegations.

Both sides will make their case to a judge in San Francisco on Wednesday morning in a bitter dispute that has become the talking point of Silicon Valley.

A judge will consider granting a preliminary injunction that would force Uber to immediately suspend use of the technology while legal proceedings were continuing.In an increasingly angry battle, Waymo has accused Uber of being engaged in a “cover-up”. Pleading the fifth Waymo’s extraordinary lawsuit, filed in February, accused a former employee of downloading 14,000 documents relating to LiDAR, the system that allows self-driving cars to “see” what’s around them.That employee, Anthony Levandowski, then went on to found Otto, a self-driving truck company later acquired by Uber for $680m.Waymo said it was alerted to the possible infringement after being mistakenly copied into […]

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