• Anthony Levandowski Aug 5

    Ex-Google Exec Sent to Prison for Stealing Robocar Secrets

    A former Google engineer who helped steer the company’s self-driving car project has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

  • Google Mar 20

    Former Google Self-Driving Engineer Pleads Guilty to Trade Secrets Theft

    A former engineer in Google’s self-driving division who became the focus of a criminal investigation that rocked Silicon Valley has pleaded guilty to a count of trade secrets theft, NBC News reports.

  • NBC Feb 9, 2018

    Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Lawsuit

    A high-profile legal between Uber and Google-spin-off Waymo, which accuses the ride-hailing company of stealing its self-driving car technology, came to a close Friday after the two companies reached a settlement.

  • CEO Feb 7, 2018

    Former Uber CEO Testifies in High-Tech Heist Case

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took the witness stand Tuesday, offering his initial response to allegations that he cooked up a scheme to steal self-driving car technology from Google. Kalanick’s testimony centered on his dealings with Anthony Levandowski, a former star engineer at Google who left its robotic-vehicle project in January 2016. Levandowski subsequently launched a robotic-truck startup called Otto...

  • CEO Feb 6, 2018

    Google Spinoff, Uber Whale on Each Other as Trial Opens

    An epic court battle between Uber and a Google spinoff, centered on the alleged theft of self-driving car technology, began with accusations of sinister plots and other devious behavior lobbed in both directions. In opening arguments Monday, lawyers for Google’s former autonomous car unit Waymo likened Uber to Rosie Ruiz, one of the most notorious cheaters in sports history. Waymo...

  • ATTORNEY Nov 29, 2017

    Uber Facing Federal Probe on Allegations of Espionage

    Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff. The probe under way at the U.S. Justice Department centers on a 37-page letter that described allegations made by...

  • CEO Jun 23, 2017

    Uber Knew Fired Exec Had Info at Center of Google Theft Case

    Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer — now accused of stealing self-driving car technology — despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer’s property. The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the latest twist in a high-profile legal fight between the ride-hailing company and a Google spin-off, Waymo. Both companies...

  • United States May 30, 2017

    Uber Fires Autonomous Car Researcher Involved in Lawsuit

    Uber has followed through on threats to fire star autonomous-car researcher Anthony Levandowski, whose hiring touched off a bitter trade-secrets fight with Waymo, the former self-driving car arm of Google....
    Waymo has alleged that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets before he left the company to found a startup that was later purchased by Uber. Earlier this month, U.S....

  • United States May 12, 2017

    Judge Refers Theft Allegations Against Uber to US Attorney

    A federal judge has referred trade secret theft allegations made against Uber by Google’s autonomous car unit to the U.S. Attorney’s office for investigation. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco made the referral in an order posted Thursday night. Waymo has sued Uber alleging that the ride-hailing company is using stolen Waymo technology to develop its own self-driving vehicles....

  • California Feb 24, 2017

    Uber Stole Self-Driving Car Tech, Google-Founded Company Claims

    A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a once-secretive self-driving company hatched by Google eight years ago. The 28-page complaint accuses Anthony Levandowski,...

  • ATTORNEY Dec 15, 2016

    California Regulators Instruct Uber to Stop Self-Driving Car Service in Absence of State Permits

    Uber on Wednesday brought a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco, but California regulators pushed back, ordering the company to halt the service until it gets a state permit.

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