Yesterday, it was reported that Alphabet's Waymo, the self-driving tech initiative, filed a lawsuit against Uber. Additionally, Uber and Levandowski are also yet to respond to Waymo's claims about the former Google employee's act of theft in downloading the 9.7 GB worth of confidential files using the company-provided computer.
"We take the allegations made against Otto and Uber employees seriously and we will review this matter carefully,"' Uber spokeswoman Chelsea Kohler said in an email.
The lawsuit, filed against Uber's self-driving vehicle unit Otto that it bought a year ago for $680 million, argued that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left the company and later co-founded Otto in January 2016, Vox reported on Friday. It is believed these actions happened in late 2015 before Levandowski left to create Otto, a company building big-rig trucks that navigate highways without anyone behind the wheel.
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Uber bought Otto for $ 680 million past year, and Levandowski is now overseeing Uber's effort to develop and dispatch cars driven by robots. The accusation is that Uber has stolen a key self-driving technology from the company. However, Uber managed to quickly catch up, the lawsuit claims.
Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.
Waymo, which is an Alphabet subsidiary, spent more than six years developing its own LiDAR system.
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LiDAR essentially lets the auto "see" the world around it and navigate obstacles.
"To gain access to Waymo's design server, Mr Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop". Uber Technologies allegedly did it in nine months.
The San Francisco company has tangled with authorities in California and around the world about how much of its drivers' histories should be covered in background checks and whether those drivers should be treated as contractors ineligible for employee benefits.
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