On February 24th, Google's parent Alphabet's automated driving technology company Waymo accused Uber of stealing their autopilot technology. According to Waymo's announcement in Medium, we said that while we had worked closely with Uber in the field of autopilot, we were able to just charge them based on the fact that Uber steals our core technology. The lawsuit has now been filed to the US San Francisco court for awaiting trial.
The story of the background is like this, Uber from April 2016 began to declare the automatic driving research and development, and in August revealed that has acquired a car-free start-up company Otto, and the lawsuit The focus is on the relationship with Otto. Otto's founder Anthony & middot; Anthony Levandowski worked for Waymo and worked on auto-driving hardware before he founded Otto. Last January, Anthony left Google and founded Otto, an independent autopilot company.
Waymo initially did not find the employee taking their core technical documentation until a third party developer sent an e-mail with a Uber circuit board drawing to them. Waymo noticed that the board drawing from Uber was almost identical in design to its own circuit board.
After the investigation, they found that Anthony had downloaded more than 14,000 confidential documents and design documents from the corporate server before leaving, including Waymo's radar and circuit board design. In general, employees who leave the company will be required to erase hard drives and workbooks, but Waymo's survey found that Anthony copies nearly 10 GB of data into a mobile hard drive before performing an erase operation.
Uber founder Karanik (left) and Anthony (right)
Although Waymo only lists Anthony & middot; Levandovsk a name in the blog post, it points out that there is evidence that other Uber employees are also involved in the program. Uber's success in autopilot last year after the acquisition of Otto, and some progress is even faster than Google, which is incredible for a company that has just entered the unmanned field for a year.
For Google this is also a tough decision "in addition to the blog mentioned in the Waymo and Uber was a partner outside. Google is also one of Uber's early shareholders, Alphabet's investment company Google Ventures in Uber's investment of more than 200 million US dollars.
But Waymo from the internal investigation of the case is likely to start from last year. Google executives David & middot; David Drummond withdrew from Uber's board of directors a few days after Uber acquired August in August last year. There was rumors that the two companies would break because of automatic driving skills. But Uber founder Cowei Si & middot; Travis Kalanick responded by saying: "Dela Ramon is a good friend, and the cooperation of the two companies will continue." & Rdquo;
In response to the lawsuit, Uber responded to the Washington Post that they would take these allegations seriously and carefully examine the matter. In addition, did not disclose more news.
This is not the first similar dispute in the field of automatic driving in Silicon Valley. In January, Tesla sued their former autopilot head, Sterling & middot, and Sterling Anderson. On the grounds that it steals hundreds of GB confidential documents and tries to dig 12 people into his new company & mdash; and Aurora Innovation, founded by Google autopilot chief engineer Chris Urmson.
Between the Anthony & middot; Levandovsk is the core of the unmanned field of Silicon Valley, Uber and Waymo both unmanned and most potential of the two companies, so this conflict may lead to unmanned technical field Of an earthquake.