July 20, 2017

Uber Knew That The Engineer At The Heart Of The Self-Driving Lawsuit Had Downloaded Google Information As Early As Last Year

Anthony Levandowski in 2011
By shinnygogo [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

ber knew as early as March 2016 that the former head of its self-driving program had downloaded information before leaving Google’s autonomous vehicle unit, according to a court filing made public Wednesday.

However, the ride-hail giant — which is facing a bitter trade secrets lawsuit over allegations its ex-employee’s actions — told the engineer not to bring Google information to Uber.

Google’s autonomous vehicle unit was spun off into a new company called Waymo, under its parent company Alphabet, in December.

Waymo sued Uber in February, alleging that its former employee Anthony Levandowski stole self-driving car trade secrets and brought them to Uber. Court documents now show Levandowski told Uber employees – including former chief executive Travis Kalanick, who resigned earlier this week – that he had five discs containing Google information. But Kalanick told him that Uber didn’t want the Google information, and advised against bringing the discs to Uber […]

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