Waymo, Google-owned company that develops self-driving cars, filed a lawsuit in February against Uber claiming that Uber had stolen their technology in the form of copied circuit boards. They claimed that they knew through a vendor that Uber had stolen the design to their circuitry and 14000 files by recruiting former employees and having them do the dirty work.
On 7th April 2017, Uber finally responded to this lawsuit saying this was a ‘misfire’ by Google’s spinoff company. The company stated that it is still using off the shelf tech to develop its own self-driving cars but along with this, they had to admit that Google’s self-driving cars are far more superior to their own.
The general counsel to Uber, Angella Padilla, said in a statement:
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. If Waymo genuinely thought that Uber was using its secrets, it would not have waited more than five months to seek an injunction. Waymo doesn’t meet the high bar for an injunction, which would stifle our independent innovation — probably Waymo’s goal in the first place.
Uber has many vehicles with LIDAR technology operating in Pittsburgh and Tempe, Arizona. Waymo doesn’t believe them. Even though Uber says it searched the computers of the employees in question as well as other randomly selected ones, but Waymo is not convinced. Uber will want to move the case forward so that the employees in question get the blame. Uber could argue that as the case is centered on the actions taken by former employees, they should be the ones to get the heat for it.
Uber will want to move the case forward so that the employees in question get the blame. Uber could argue that as the case is centered on the actions taken by former employees, they should be the ones to get the heat for it.