Uber vs. Waymo Trial Over Self-Driving Car Tech Starts Today
Uber vs. Waymo Trial Over Self-Driving Car Tech Starts Today
11 February, 2018, 07:40
Waymo is suingUber over claims that the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company improperly obtained Waymo's proprietary information about navigation technology for self-driving cars, using it for Uber's own driverless-car program.
Waymo also alleges that the company used Waymo's laser and radar technology called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for developing the its own self-driving vehicle. Witnesses will include Travis Kalanick, the voluble co-founder of Uber who was forced out as its chief executive officer in June, and Alphabet's reclusive chief, Larry Page, who rarely speaks publicly. What was then known as Project Chauffeur eventually grew into Waymo, a semi-independent company managed by Google's parent company, Alphabet.
"They took our technology to win at all costs", said Verhoeven, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. He is still expected to take to the witness stand during the trial, but will probably not comment on the events that are central to the lawsuit.
Kalanick's bare-knuckled style of business was in evidence during Waymo's opener, as a text Kalanick wrote to Levandowski was shared with jurors. Uber already faced a hefty amount of scandals and controversies that pushed the company into a downward spiral in 2017, therefore a legal victory may be needed for the company to regain some consumer confidence. In Uber's, Waymo filed a threadbare lawsuit because it was losing engineers to Uber and other companies and wanted to hobble its rival.
Uber had seen Levandowski much as the Golden State Warriors saw Kevin Durant before signing him - as a star to be acquired to help achieve greatness, Carmody suggested.
If focusing on recruitment is one way to blunt the bad optics of Uber's internal messaging, then the focus on technology is another.
An epic court battle between Uber and a Google spinoff, centered on the alleged theft of self-driving vehicle technology, began with accusations of sinister plots and other devious behavior lobbed in both directions.
A Google-bred pioneer in self-driving cars and Uber's beleaguered ride-hailing service are colliding in a courtroom showdown revolving around allegations of deceit, betrayal, espionage and a high-tech heist that tore apart one-time allies.
The investigation into potential trade secret theft began in late 2016 when Waymo accidentally received an email from a self-driving technology supplier containing an attachment detailing Uber's LiDAR circuit board. The other: that the technology Levandowski allegedly stole never made its way into Uber's vehicles. Carmody presented a slide from a March 2015 internal presentation at Google that noted "Uber is and will be extremely formidable". Levandowski joined Uber because, the Texas lawyer said, he thought he'd be joining a victor.
"The law goes out of its way to protect employee mobility because it is essential to innovation, to a dynamic economy, and to free choice to work where you want", Uber said in a statement.
"Uber is cheating", Verhoeven said. If he chooses to stay quiet, Levandowski will be required to assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in front of the jury as Waymo lawyers barrage him with questions.
The trial's first day featured appearances by Waymo CEO John Krafcik and its lead engineer, Dmitri Dolgov. But Sasha Zbrozek, the Waymo engineer who built the server, told the company's lawyers that the files were low-value enough that Waymo had considered hosting them off its infrastructure.
Of course, the jury could also find Uber not guilty and that would be that.
Presiding over the case is Judge William Alsup, a veteran of another high-profile lawsuit, the unsuccessful $9 billion action by Oracle against Google over code used to develop Google's Android operating system.
Earlier, Moon warmly greeted North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, as they attended the VIP reception. North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from United States aggression.
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The company is showing signs of making a comeback, as competitors are forced to merge and consolidate in order to survive. The industry can be broken down further between mobile gambling and desktop gambling (which includes laptops and PCs).
More importantly, though, the fact that this leaked out so quickly suggests Kelly has lost the confidence of his staff. But he continued to give Porter more and more responsibilities to control the flow of information to the president.
Attention is on how much Moon will urge the North to improve inter-Korean ties and to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. Pence waited outside while Moon spoke because he was late, according to a spokesman for South Korea's presidential Blue House.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that he had signed the bill, writing that the US military "will now be stronger than ever before". US stocks opened sharply higher early on Friday morning even as several indexes remained on course for a steep weekly loss.
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