Did Uber steal Google’s car secrets?

Google’s lawsuit argues that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left to co-found a venture that became Otto

Did Uber-Steal Google's Car Secrets-StartagistUber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.

Waymo, set up by Google owner Alphabet, is taking legal action against Otto, Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit that it bought last year for 700 m dollars. The lawsuit argues that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left to co-found a venture that became Otto.

Uber said it took the allegations seriously and would review the matter carefully.

Did Uber Steal Google's Car Secrets
Otto co-founder and former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski

The lawsuit alleges that Levandowski “downloaded 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files” during his time as a Google employee. “We believe these actions were part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo’s trade secrets and intellectual property,” Waymo said.

Alphabet created Waymo earlier this year as a way of bringing self-driving technology – which Google has been working on for years – to market.

The technology in question is LiDAR, a laser-based radar system that helps the self-driving cars “see” what is around them.

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