If you guys have been following the articles on our tech page, then you have probably already read our other article regarding the fight going on between Google and Uber, or more specifically, Otto and Waymo. Based out of San Francisco, Waymo, the self-driving car business which we all know is a parent company of Google, have been engaged in a lawsuit against Uber. They have actually requested the Federal court to block Uber’s work, claiming that it could potentially be using stolen technology. Seems like a bit of a stretch, and a lot to ask based off of a mere suspicion. Waymo has been very busy lately, they have even filed more testimonies from various employees. As you all may know, Anthony Levandowski happens to be a former Google executive. A current Google security engineer described to the court that Uber’s agenda in the autonomous technology was to systematically steal the company’s trade secrets, and know how.
There has been a lot of back and forth from Waymo to Uber, however nothing has been solidified. There is an official court date hearing scheduled for the 27th of April. Since Waymo requested a preliminary injunction against Otto and Uber, we are waiting to see the outcome of the injunction motion at that time. Waymo has also come across another witness named Pierre-Yves Droz, who happens to be a hardware engineer at Waymo. He claims Mr. Levandowski, while still employed with Google, claimed that he desired a long-range lidar for his start-up company and that he would like to replicate Waymo’s technology. He even went so far as to state that Uber was willing to “buy the team” from Google.
We can’t be too sure about what the truth is but I do know one thing, Uber hasn’t had the best of years so far. From sexual harassment lawsuits, to various set-backs with their autonomous progress, this lawsuit will most likely not go over well for Uber, especially if things have to be put to a halt. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!