Google is suing Uber to try and block former Waymo engineer from working on self-driving car projects
(NASDAQ:GOOGL), which owns Google and its driverless car subsidiary, Waymo, is waging a legal war against ride sharing giant Uber." width="300" height="200" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/google-car.jpg?resize=300%2C200 300w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/google-car.jpg?resize=768%2C512 768w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/google-car.jpg?resize=1024%2C682 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/google-car.jpg?w=1280 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/google-car.jpg?w=1920 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />
BUZ INVESTORS GOOG Accuses Uber Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), which owns Google and its driverless car subsidiary, Waymo, is waging a legal war against ride sharing giant Uber.
Waymo said it has evidence that Uber stole its trade secrets and wants a judge to bar the head of Uber’s autonomous driving unit from ever working on the project again. Bloomberg has some more details on the new development in the case:GOOG Accuses Uber
GOOG Accuses Uber
Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo made the request Friday as a federal judge weighs whether to issue a court order that may impede Uber in the race to market autonomous-driving vehicles. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said last month that Waymo has a strong case that its former engineer, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded thousands of confidential files before he left the company to launch his own self-driving startup, Otto, that was acquired by Uber for $680 million.
Levandowski had an obligation to protect Waymo’s intellectual property before leaving to join Uber. Now a judge must decide how best to keep further harm from occurring.
While the court case may seem trivial to many, the race to provide the first fleet of self-driving cars is very real. Tens of billions of dollars will likely flow to the winner — be it Google, Uber, Tesla, or another company.
Waymo said it has “finally learned” of a project designed by Levandowski while he was in possession of Waymo’s files. Uber has hidden the code-named design from the court, according to the filing. The name is redacted in the filing.
“They were hiding a device,” Waymo wrote, “which Uber only revealed to Waymo after one of its engineers was forced to admit it existed.”
Uber spokesman Matt Kallman said the code-named device was an abandoned project that never reached a prototype. Far from keeping it secret, Uber made it available to Waymo to inspect and photograph as part of court-ordered information sharing, he said. Waymo’s emphasis on the unnamed device represents a strategic pivot by Waymo and a retreat from its original claims, he said.
Uber is fighting the case so far without testimony from Levandowski, who wasn’t named as a defendant, but has said he’s at risk of being criminally prosecuted and has asserted his constitutional right to protect himself from self-incrimination.