Uber hits back at claims it copied Google's driverless auto tech

Uber is testing a driverless taxi on the streets of Pittsburgh

Uber is testing a driverless taxi on the streets of Pittsburgh

Uber is scoffing at claims that its expansion into self-driving cars hinges on trade secrets stolen from a Google spinoff, arguing that its ride-hailing service has been working on potentially superior technology.

Alphabet alleges that Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 files from its self-driving auto wing before he left in January 2016 to start the autonomous trucking company Otto, which was purchased by Uber in August for $680 million.

Waymo filed suit against Uber in February, claiming that a former manager, Anthony Levandowski, stole its patented ideas.

If the Google lawsuit is successful, Uber could be blocked from using the technology powering its self-driving cars.

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US District Judge William Alsup has said, however, that he will not accept Uber's defence of being unable to find the files as a reason not to grant the injunction.

Uber has many vehicles with LIDAR technology operating in Pittsburgh and Tempe, Arizona. Uber said it's Fuji lidar design has four lenses - two for transmitting light and two for receiving, while Waymo's lidar has a single shared lens that both sends and receives light. "And no wonder, Uber's LiDAR was developed by a different team, using a different beam pattern, and leveraging different know-how".

The San Francisco company also states that it began developing the technology before it hired Levandowski as part of the Otto deal, and says that Waymo's allegations would "fall like a house of cards" on even a cursory inspection of its lidar sensor. Alphabet's opposition suggested Uber is seeking to delay proceedings, including a hearing on an injunction Alphabet wants against Uber and to prevent public access to proceedings. It has argued for arbitration on grounds that the lawsuit stems from the actions of Levandowski while he was with Alphabet, and so should be covered by Alphabet's employee agreement with him.

Levandowski helped establish Google as an early leader in self-driving cars, earning him more than $120 million in incentive pay, according to information inadvertently revealed in court papers earlier this week.

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"To hinder Uber's continued progress in its independent development of an in-house lidar that is fundamentally different than Waymo's, when Uber has not used any of Waymo's trade secrets, would impede Uber's efforts to remain a viable business, stifle the talent and ingenuity that are the primary drivers of this emerging industry, and risk delaying the implementation of technology that could prevent vehicle accidents", Uber said in Friday's filing.

Uber says it hasn't found any evidence of ever possessing any of the files that Levandowski stands accused of stealing.

To make matters worse for Uber, Levandowski asserted his Fifth Amendment rights last week after his legal counsel warned that he could face criminal charges.

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