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Uber discloses details of Travis Kalanicks deposition in Waymo lawsuit

Uber unsealed former CEO Travis Kalanicks deposition in the Uber versus Waymo self-driving car technology case over the weekend. Kalanick, who was deposed for more than six hours last month, spoke about when he learned that Anthony Levandowski, who formerly worked at Google, downloaded documents related self-driving technology. The deposition yet again confirms that Uber was focused on building its technology from the ground up. Uber never wanted any Google material, and took steps to prevent any such material from ever coming to Uber, an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch. Waymos…

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Judge rules Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify in Uber/Waymo trial

In the latest hearing to define the scope of the upcoming trial between self-driving technology rivals Waymo and Uber, District Judge William Alsup said Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer at the center of the affair, could be called to testify in court. But he also ruled that Uber and Waymo would be limited in the questions they would be able to ask him, knowing that he will likely continue to plead the Fifth. Levandowski is a former Google engineer who left the company to found his own autonomous trucking company,…

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Uber threatened to fire engineer at center of Waymo trade secret lawsuit

Uber has issued a sternly worded letter toAnthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets from Google parent Alphabets self-driving technology unit Waymo. The gist? Comply with the courts ordersor risk being terminated. Levandowski isthe former technologylead forGoogles autonomous vehicle unit and co-founder of self-driving truck startup Otto, which filed in February and accuses Uber of misappropriating itstrade secrets and infringing on patents related to its self-driving vehicle program. The suitis criminal case being opened up as well. But in the meantime, Waymo…

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Waymo accuses Uber of hiding a secret LiDAR device

In preparation for a preliminary injunction hearing next month, Waymo today filed new claims in its lawsuit against Uber, alleging that its competitor withheld information about technology Uber is using in its development of self-driving cars. Waymo is in the midst of a code-named Fuji, isnt ready and therefore isnt being used in its self-driving cars, which rely instead on commercial systems furnished by Velodyne. Waymo now says that Uber worked on a second system that more closely copies Waymos designs (Waymos LiDAR relies on a single-lens system, while the…

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