Google May Not Need a Smoking Gun to Win Its Self-Driving Lawsuit Against Uber

ON THE FACE of it, Uber has had a terrible week in its legal brawl with Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car effort.

First it suffered the public reveal of a long-awaited report that appeared to confirm Uber knew its former superstar engineer, Anthony Levandowski, took intellectual property from Google, his former employer, before it hired him. Then, over Uber’s protest, the judge pushed the trial date back from this month to December, giving Waymo more time to prepare its case. (Uber wanted the gavel to drop ASAP.)

To quickly sum up the case: Waymo alleges that when former star engineer Levandowski left the company in January 2016, he made off with thousands of documents containing its proprietary information, then used that intellectual property to jumpstart his own company, Otto.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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