On April 25,Against Tesla's lawsuit last year, it accused Cao Guangzhi, a former Tesla employee and now Xiaopeng car employee, of stealing the source code of Tesla's autopilot Autopilot.Xiaopeng automobile made the latest response today.
Since Tesla launched a civil lawsuit against Cao Guangzhi, an employee of Xiaopeng automobile, Xiaopeng automobile has been trying its best to assist in the investigation of the case,But so far, there is no evidence that Xiaopeng automobile has abused trade secrets and other improper behaviors.
Tesla put forward a lot of unreasonable demands to Xiaopeng automobile, including publishing all the automatic driving source codes,In the past year, all of Tesla's attempts have shown the bullying behavior of Xiaopeng.
Based on the above, many unreasonable requests of Xiaopeng automobile to Tesla, including the request that Xiaopeng automobile provide all the source codes, are strictly rejected.
It is reported that Tesla filed a lawsuit in California last March,A former employee left Tesla to join Xiaopeng and took away a large number of Tesla's autopilot confidential information, it said.This Cao surname employee has been working in the automatic driving department since he joined Xiaopeng automobile.
The following is the full text of the strict statement of Xiaopeng automobile to Tesla:
Recently, after a civil lawsuit was launched in March 2019 against Cao Guangzhi, a former employee, a visual scientist and now an employee of Xiaopeng automobile, Tesla filed many unreasonable appeals to Xiaopeng automobile, such as providing all the automatic driving source codes so far. In the past year, Xiaopeng automobile has been trying to help investigate the case without concealing anything. However, so far, there is no evidence that Xiaopeng automobile abused trade secrets or other improper behaviors. Therefore, Xiaopeng automobile rejected its request and issued a solemn statement as follows:
1. Xiaopeng automobile is not a party to the case. For more than a year, Xiaopeng automobile not only provided a lot of assistance to the case, but also actively provided the electronic backup of Cao Guangzhi's working computer. Xiaopeng automobile also allows Tesla to access the company's source code repository for evidence collection under the court protection order as of March 21, 2019 (the date when Cao Guangzhi was sued by Tesla).
2. Xiaopeng auto hired a professional third party to investigate the legal evidence on the day it learned of the lawsuit. Its forensic investigation and analysis show no evidence that any Tesla source code, trade secret or protected confidential information is transmitted to the company and its system. It will be up to the judge and jury in this case to determine whether Tesla's actions against Cao Guangzhi are against US law.
3. Xiaopeng automobile always respects and pays attention to protecting its own and others' intellectual property achievements. As the first tier of new car manufacturing enterprises in China, Xiaopeng auto carries out independent full closed-loop independent research and development in automatic driving. Its achievements have been reflected in Xiaopeng G3 and P7, and a complete and differentiated automatic driving technology system has been formed.
Based on the above, Xiaopeng automobile firmly defends in accordance with the law and refuses many unreasonable requests put forward by Tesla, such as requiring Xiaopeng automobile to provide all source codes.
During the one-year period since the lawsuit, Tesla's efforts to show bullying behavior towards a young competitor, rather than trying to solve the legal case against Dr. Cao, are regrettable.
We firmly believe that unjustified accusations will not slow down the pace of independent research and development of Xiaopeng automobile, and Xiaopeng automobile will continue to actively promote the popularization and evolution of smart cars under the integration of professional and technical talents in various fields.