Google Spin-Off Sues Uber, Saying Leader Of Self-Driving-Vehicle Unit Stole Key Designs : The Two-Way : NPR

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Waymo, the company that began as Google’s self-driving-car project, is suing Uber — alleging that when Uber bought a startup founded by Waymo veterans, it also bought thousands of design files that had been inappropriately downloaded from its servers.In its lawsuit, Waymo cites forensic evidence as well as a vendor’s email that it received by mistake.The startup in question is Otto, which was only months old when Uber bought it for roughly $680 million last summer. Uber put Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski in charge of its self-driving-vehicle effort, which includes both trucking — a field Otto had focused on — and personal vehicles.The problem, according to Waymo and Alphabet (Google’s umbrella company) is that before he left, Levandowski “took extraordinary efforts to raid Waymo’s design server and then conceal his activities.”

Source: Google Spin-Off Sues Uber, Saying Leader Of Self-Driving-Vehicle Unit Stole Key Designs : The Two-Way : NPR

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