Uber, the ride-hailing company that is trying to change how people use cars, issued a broad denial of claims that it stole critical intellectual property originally developed by and for Google’s automated vehicle subsidiary Waymo.
The lawsuit filed by Waymo in February charges Uber is using intellectual property that was downloaded on a laptop computer by a former employee at Google, which now goes by the name Alphabet. The employee downloaded thousands of critical documents before leaving to launch his own self-driving startup, Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.
The former Google employee, Anthony Lewandowski, now holds a critical role in Uber’s self-driving-vehicle unit, which the ride-hailing service said is key to the company’s future. (more…)