Waymo a self-driving car project lodged a file against Uber for impersonation of its technology in their latest startup self-driving programme Otto.
The antagonist in the eye of Waymo, subsidiary of Google is Anthony Levandowski who was a former manager at Waymo. Levandowski a genius in self-driving technology made google a world leader in self-driving vehicle. In 2008 his startup 510 system developed a technology which enabled a new self-driving vehicle Toyota Prius to success.
He merge with Uber in 2016 and made another self-driving vehicle with the name of Otto. Uber paid $680 Mn for Otto’s establishment.
The lawsuit was filed in North-district of California in US, which contains allegation against Levandowski for stealing the company’s confidential file or LiDar circuit board design and resigning the company to make profit for starting up his own venture.
In a federal court filing of San Francisco Waymo said” Otto & Uber have taken Waymo’s intellectual property so that they could avoid incurring the risk, time & expense of independently developing their own technology”.
The cost of the whole setup was $150,000 for Waymo. Furthermore Levandowski had downloaded 14,000 confidential information from company’s secure designed server of 9.7GB which contained LiDar and escaped with attempts to erase his fingerprints or trails behind. “The configuration specifications of our LiDar sensors are unique to Waymo” company said in a blog post.
“We take the allegations made against Otto &a Uber employees seriously and we will review this matter carefully” said an Uber spokesperson.