Google's self-driving auto tech firm sues Uber

Google-Bred Company Waymo Collides With Uber For Self Driving Car Data Theft

On Thursday, Waymo, the autonomous auto company owned by Google's parent Alphabet, filed a lawsuit with bombshell allegations against Uber.

Meanwhile, Uber said it has taken the allegations seriously and would review the matter carefully.

"Uber's LiDAR technology is actually Waymo's LiDAR technology", said Waymo's complaint in the Northern District of California.

Uber bought Otto for $ 680 million past year, and Levandowski is now overseeing Uber's effort to develop and dispatch cars driven by robots.

"We believe these actions were part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo's trade secrets and intellectual property", Waymo said.

Waymo's lawsuit also will escalate the tensions between Google and Uber, two one-time allies that are morphing into rivals. Uber bought Otto for 0 million past year.


However, on Friday Uber said, it'll keep working on its self-driving vehicle technology as it fights Waymo court.

The budding rivalry prompted a top Google executive, David Drummond, to resign from Uber's board of directors six months ago.

"We discovered that other former Waymo employees, now at Otto and Uber, downloaded additional highly confidential information pertaining to our custom-built LiDAR, including supplier lists, manufacturing details and statements of work with highly technical information", the company said. One of their suppliers has now intimated them of the "striking resemblance" in the circuit board designs for the sensing mechanism.

To cut to the chase, an ex-Waymo engineer named Anthony Levandowski has started his own company and named it Otto.

The blog post has further added that he installed specialized software on his Google-issued laptop to take off with about 9.7 GB of trade secrets, including blueprints, design files, and testing documentation.

Levandowski copied the data to an external drive.

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