We all know that Google’s Self-Driving Car project was being done by Waymo. Today Waymo is suing Uber – yes that’s the news! What we have gathered information about this suing is that Uber bought a startup founded by Waymo Founders, along with this several design files were leaked out too from the downloadable server.
In the official statement by Waymo, Waymo has mentioned forensic evidence with vendors email id evidence that it received by a mere mistake. Last year, Uber bought Otto – the startup at a rough amount of $680 million.
The problem is here is that according to Waymo’s statement Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski “took extraordinary efforts to raid Waymo’s design server and then conceal his activities.” And as mentioned his actions were “part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo’s trade secrets and intellectual property.”
Waymo talked about Anthony by mentioning that the co-founder has downloaded approximately 10 gigabytes of data that makes approximately 14000 files. It surely is a big chunk of data of the new LiDAR technology that included “confidential specifications for each version of every generation of Waymo’s LiDAR circuit boards”
Also in the lawsuit statement, Waymo also mentioned that former employees who joined Anthony’s new venture also took data with them.
These secrets included confidential supplier lists, manufacturing details and statements of work with highly technical information, all of which reflected the results of Waymo’s months-long, resource-intensive research into suppliers for highly specialized LiDAR sensor components.
This week all of us are going to witness a lot more by Waymo as it’s continues to accuse Anthony’s activity since the complaint filed in US District Court. We all look forward to wins the case and who will be bringing the technology to its customers this time!