June 28, 2017

Uber fires Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski due to Waymo dispute

Anthony Levandowski in 2011
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Uber has terminated the employment of Anthony Levandowski, the co-founder of self-driving trucking company Otto and Uber’s former self-driving project engineering lead. The New York Times reports on Levandowski’s firing, which was made official to employees via an internal staff email circulated on Tuesday.

Levandowski is at the heart of an ongoing legal battle between Uber and Waymo, the Alphabet company that resulted from Google’s self-driving car project. Waymo accused Levandowski of hatching a plan to use trade secrets related to Waymo’s in-house development of unique LiDAR tech to kickstart Otto’s and subsequently Uber’s own self-driving technology program.

During the court proceedings, Levandowski exercised his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid providing testimony or handing over evidence  […]

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