"No Evidence:" Uber Fires Back at Google over Driverless Car Lawsuit

"No Evidence:" Uber Fires Back at Google over Driverless Car Lawsuit

More so, Uber has said its self-driving sensor technology is "fundamentally different" from Waymo, the driverless auto division of Google's parent Alphabet. The lawsuit alleges that Anthony Levandowski, once a fixture on Google's self-driving auto team, stole 14,000 files pertaining to Google's proprietary self-driving technology when he left Google to form his own self-driving technology start-up, Otto, which was later sold to Uber for north of half a billion dollars.

If the courts side with Waymo, it will set Uber's program back months or years, time the company can not afford in the competitive race to win the self-driving auto battle.

The lawsuit, filed by Google in February, alleges that Uber straight up stole Waymo's "self-driving secrets".

"Waymo's injunction motion is a misfire", Angela Padilla, associate general counsel at Uber, said in a prepared statement.

Uber responded to Waymo's lawsuit over self-driving cars. Lidar is a component used for light detection and ranging sensor procedures, and it's what it helps a driverless vehicle to navigate efficiently.

The company also said that regardless of whether one of its top executives arrived on-board accompanied by a load of illegally obtained files from Waymo, these were never uploaded to an Uber computer and all the tech the company has, is either its own or has been legally obtained through third party providers. You see, one of Waymo's suppliers accidentally sent an attachment of Uber's LiDAR plans to Waymo, which were actually Waymo's document.

Uber Technologies Inc. has an alibi for Alphabet Inc.'s allegations of trade-secrets theft - the ride-hailing company's driverless auto technology is completely different from its rival's designs.

But the disclosure also shows Uber is behind Waymo in its self-driving-car efforts.

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"Both of [Waymo's] central premises - that former Waymo employees brought thousands of confidential Waymo documents to Uber to build a copycat LiDAR and that Uber's LiDAR closely mimics Waymo's single-lens design - are demonstrably false", the filing states.

In the meantime, Uber has filed for a motion to arbitrate the case, arguing that because Waymo's case is entirely predicated on actions Levandowski allegedly committed during his employment, it should be bound by his employment agreement.

Uber also provided testimony from another employee who joined Otto after leaving Waymo, Sameer Kshirsagar, who's also named in Waymo's suit.

"Mr. Levandowski took extraordinary efforts to raid Waymo's design server and then hide his activities", reads Waymo's original complaint.

Uber has already tested Alsup's patience on the injunction when the judge learned Levandowski may not testify in the case by asserting his rights under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, protecting a person from incriminating himself.

Waymo reiterated on Friday that Uber's claim to have never touched the 14,000 files is "disingenuous, given their refusal to look in the most obvious place: the computers and devices owned by the head of their self-driving program".

An Italian court on Friday banned the use of Uber's smartphone apps, saying they contribute to traditional taxis facing unfair competition, local media reported.

In another subject, Waymo is conducting a different lawsuit against Levandowski and the other founder of Otto, Lior Ron. The company has said that it's in-house, custom technology isn't ready for roads yet and as such it is still using commercially available LiDAR. The company alleged that the stolen information benefitted Uber as it has developed its own driverless auto tech.

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