Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Uber denies stealing Google's self-driving tech

Uber denies stealing Google's self-driving tech

Allegations are against Uber's head of self-driving vehicle unit Anthony Levandowski of stealing and illegally downloading 14,000 files based on which the company had set up their self-driving auto unit. "You're not denying it, no one is denying he has the 14,000 files", Alsup said.

Uber insists that its own lidar system was developed by a different team, using a different beam pattern, and leveraging different know-how. Alphabet's opposition suggested Uber is seeking to delay proceedings, including a hearing on an injunction Alphabet wants against Uber and to prevent public access to proceedings.

"If I can not get a declaration from [Levandowski] then, Your Honor".

"If you can not find them in your files there is going to be a preliminary injunction", Judge William Alsup warned recently.

On Monday, a federal judge in Alphabet's trade secrets lawsuit against Uber rejected a Fifth amendment plea, ordering that basic details of an August 2016 due diligence report be included in court documents, ReCode reports.

On the other hand, Uber's ground for arbitration is that the lawsuit stems from the actions of Levandowski while he was with Alphabet, and hence it should be covered under Alphabet's employee agreement with him.

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"To the extent Uber tries to excuse its noncompliance on the grounds that Mr. Levandowski has invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to provide Uber with documents or assistance, Waymo notes that Mr. Levandowski remains - to this day - an Uber executive and in charge of its self-driving vehicle program". "Anthony Levandowski is not a defendant in this case".

Levandowski's appeal itself wasn't immediately available, but he filed a notice with the district court Tuesday.

"It could well change", Ehrlich said. This is Mr. Levandowski's rights at stake. Against which Uber attorney claims that they are working on it and didn't find any hits, which would prove Waymo's allegations to be true. In its defense, Uber said it began its lidar development in 2015, before Levandowski joined, and with staff that didn't come from Waymo.

Google was also interested in acquiring Tyto Lidar - a little-known laser-radar startup - which merged with Odin Wave, according to the company.

Alphabet has filed an opposition request to Uber's application for arbitration, an alternate form of dispute resolution and wants the lawsuit to play out publicly.

Waymo asked for a preliminary injunction to stop Uber and Otto using the alleged trade secrets and infringing its patents. A hearing for the injunction is set for early May.

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