Friday February 24, 2017

Alphabet's Waymo Sues Uber

First off, Alphabet owns Google, and Google is big into the self driving car biz, and Uber wants in too. The gist of this is that a really smart dude named Levandowski used to work for Waymo which is developing its own self driving car tech. Then Levandowski was going to quit Waymo. And then before he cut and run...

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Waymo claims that Levandowski "downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board,"


Using a Google-issued laptop, "he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints," Waymo said.

And yeah, Levandowski now works for Uber.

According to the suit, Levandowski, who runs Uber’s automated vehicle research team, downloaded data while still working for Google related to the company’s laser LiDAR technology, a high-definition sensor that gives self-driving vehicles 360-degree vision. The company learned of this after a supplier to Waymo sent it images of a LiDAR circuit board, presumably from Uber, that resembled its own.

Is "Levandowski" Carmack's undercover name? Did I just go there? Yeah...I did.