Developing a driverless car under the Waymo roof, Google applied to the court stating that the taxi service application Uber has stolen 14,000 of Google’s own secret documents. But, how exactly did the theft happen?
The self-driving cars, probably one of the most important technologies of the future and it continues to evolve day by day. Especially the world famous brands like Tesla, Uber and Google are included in the game and they are making a rapid progress.
In the 28-page complaint filed by the Google autonomous car company, Waymo, in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday, the lawsuit alleges that a former manager at Google, Anthony Levandowski, has stolen the circuit board designs for Waymo’s light detection and ranging system technologies before leaving to create Otto, total number of stolen files could include as many as 14.000 says Google.
Documents contain many important know-how and supplier lists
The 9.7 GB size files contain many critical information, such as printed design, circuit diagrams, production details, LIDAR system documents and supplier lists. The case file also includes that after Levandowski transferred the stolen information to a secure place he removed all the evidence by formatting his computer.
After getting that information, Google believes that Uber has reduced its production costs and has saved a considerable amount of time. In addition to that, Google also says Uber hired many former Waymo employees and acquired secret data from them.
Google Ventures invested $250 million in Uber
According to the statement, the e-mail from a supplier has started the court process that showed the Uber’s technical drawings, which are said to belong to the LIDAR cycle, are so similar to Waymo’s design.
Waymo wants Uber and Otto not to use autonomous driving technology and demands all stolen data to be returned as well.
$250 million Google Ventures investment in Uber, and Google Ventures CEO David Krane’s recent dismissal from the Uber board makes the case even more interesting. Let’s see what the court will decide …