Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Sues Uber Over Allegedly Stolen Technology

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At the time, Uber appeared caught off guard by the lawsuit, with a spokesperson vowing to review the allegations before commenting further.

However, on Friday Uber said, it'll keep working on its self-driving vehicle technology as it fights Waymo court.

In addition, according to the claim, "a number" of Waymo employees subsequently left to join the new business and had downloaded additional Waymo trade secrets before their departure.

Apparently, Levandowski isn't the only one.

Today, the company was more prepared to take a forceful position. Those submissions showed that Otto said it had its own LiDAR system, described as being very similar to Waymo's.

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Alphabet's subsidiary now wants the court to stop Otto and Uber from using its self-driving technology, and to have its documents returned. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google. It said that its former exec stole trade secrets and took it to the eTaxi giant.

In its lawsuit, which you can read here, Waymo said it uncovered evidence that Otto and Uber have taken and are using key parts of Waymo's self-driving technology, specifically technology related to a custom lidar system. Among the most significant files stolen include "LiDAR and circuit board" designs, which are crucial in helping cars navigate roads and obstacles without a driver. The company aims to get an injuction to have all the misappropriation stopped, have all the trade secrets returned and cease the infringement of patents.

Waymo representatives say that other former employees of the company downloaded additional files, including supplier lists, and other vital elements of this sort, and all of those people now work for Otto and Uber, Medium notes.

When it looked into the matter, Waymo found that prior to leaving the company, Levandowski had downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo's various hardware systems. To gain access to Waymo's design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. After downloading more than 14,000 files (9.7GB of data), he attached an external hard drive to the laptop for eight hours.

The case revolves around Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle project, and Otto - co-founded by former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski and subsequently purchased by Uber previous year in a $700m transaction. Months before he resigned from the company he allegedly claimed to have revealed to his colleagues at Waymo his intention to "replicate" the technology at another competing company.