Waymo requests the court to halt Uber’s self driving car operation.
Waymo filed a lawsuit last month against Uber accusing it of stealing confidential documents from Google related to self driving technology.
According to it, Uber’s self driving technology is based on Waymo’s concept that was stolen by some of its former employees who are now a part of Uber.
Although, Uber denied all such allegations, Waymo has produced some concrete evidences to substantiate its claims.
The case took a major turn when a forensic security engineer, Gary Brown, told the court that some 14,000 files had been downloaded illegally from Google’s repository.
In his sworn lawsuit, he accused Anthony Levandowski, Uber’s self driving car programmer, and a former Google engineer of stealing these files. The data contained design, diagrams and other secret information about self-driving technology.
Brown told the court that a huge portion of the stolen data contains information about LIDAR. It is a laser-guided sensor that provides the car 3D landscape or mapping.
Levandowski intended to use this information in designing a self-driving truck for Otto that he joined after leaving Google. Otto was further purchased by Uber for $680.
So apparently, Uber used this information and started conducting tests.
Interestingly, Lenandowski is not alone in this allegedly intellectual theft.
Brown also accused Radu Raduta and Sameer Kshirsagar of downloading confidential information from Google before joining Levandowski at Uber.
Another lawsuit, as a witness to the case, was filed by Pierre-Yves Droz, a Google hardware engineer who co-founded a company with Levandowski.
He informed the court, with the help of documents, that Levandowski had very specific and clear plans of replicating Waymo’s self driving technology for his company. Furthermore, he showed interest in selling the new technology to Uber.