Aug 27, 2019

Ex-Google and Uber engineer charged with theft

AFP The US Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against a former senior engineer at Google's owner Alphabet alleging he took company secrets to taxi company Uber. Anthony Levandowski was charged with 33 counts of trade theft involving Alphabet's self-driving car technology. The claim is that before leaving Waymo, Mr Levandowski downloaded thousands of files in 2015 related to Alphabet's self-driving car technology, including details related to Lidar, a crucial sensor technology for self-driving cars. In the 2018 settlement, which underlined technology companies' race to lead the market in autonomous technology, Uber promised not to use Alphabet's technology and to give Waymo a 0.34% stake in Uber. Mr Levandowski left Google in early 2016 to launch his own self-driving software start-up called Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.

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