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Uber fires back at Google spinoff in self-driving car case

    

The worldwide transportation network Uber has stated this Friday that they did not steal any technology from Waymo, a parent company of Google. It is a key element in autonomous auto development.


Waymo said it learned of the alleged theft after a supplier accidentally emailed a Waymo employee a diagram of Uber's lidar dashboard.

Uber has, for the most part, kept its cards close to its chest in its fight against a major lawsuit from Google parent company Alphabet and its self-driving vehicle division, Waymo.

Levandowski is now the head of Uber's self-driving department.

Waymo has already claimed that Uber is stonewalling the case by not adequately searching for the documents in its systems.

In any case, the documents filed on April 7 claim that there are significant differences in the light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology at issue. Uber says its technology relies on four lenses instead of one and also has a different number of optical cavities.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup has to weigh Levandowski's right to protect himself from possible criminal prosecution against Waymo's contention that it will suffer greatly if Uber's use of its proprietary information isn't halted promptly.

Before Levandowski defected from Google early previous year start Otto, Waymo alleges he downloaded more than 14,000 documents containing trade secrets that is now helping Uber. In the case of another document, a checklist, Kshirsagar said he may have forwarded them to a personal device for review while working at Waymo, but has not accessed them since he left the company. Levandowski sold Otto to Uber for $680 million in August.

The judge directed Ramsey to provide him after the hearing with a description of the documents Levandowski doesn't want revealed, and to give a redacted version to Waymo. Allegedly, Waymo found out about their stolen files in October but did not file any lawsuit until March.

"Waymo's injunction motion is a misfire: there is no evidence that any of the 14,000 files in question ever touched Uber's servers, and Waymo's assertion that our multi-lens LIDAR is the same as their single-lens LIDAR is clearly false", said Angella Padilla, general counsel to Uber, in a statement.

"If Waymo genuinely thought that Uber was using its secrets, it would not have waited more than five months to seek an injunction", she said in a statement. "Waymo doesn't meet the high bar for an injunction, which would stifle independent innovation and competition". Waymo doesn't want a man who is says took 14,000 over their files to run a competitor's self-driving vehicle program.

"If you can not find them in your files there is going to be a preliminary injunction".

Uber may have its work cut out to sway Alsup, who has said in previous court hearings that Waymo has presented some of the strongest evidence he has seen in his judicial career.

Anthony LevandowskiOttoDespite not being named in the lawsuit, Levandowski's lawyers told the court on Thursday that Levandowski has invoked his fifth amendment rights to prevent the disclosure of documents that could potentially lead to self-incrimination.

Anthony Levandowski at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber also points out that Waymo could have sued Levandowski personally, but it chose not to.

A temporary injunction granted to Uber would translate into a total stagnation when it comes to self-driving technologies.

Waymo remains unmoved. In a comment reacting to the opposition filing, the company was steadfast in its efforts to stop Uber.

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