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google self-driving car spin-off waymo sues uber, accuses ex-manager of stealing


an explosive new lawsuit by self-driving firm waymo accusing ride-hailing giant uber of using waymo’s patented technology reads like a classic spy thriller — with a 21st century misdirected email thrown in.






waymo files for an injunction against uber’s use of its self-driving tech


waymo has taken the next step in its suit against uber, which it says took confidential proprietary information regarding how to make its custom-built lidar components for use in uber’s autonomous driving technology. the suit alleges that otto founder anthony levandowski took the information while employed at waymo when it was still google’s self-driving car project, and now waymo has formally filed for an injunction against uber’s use of the tech it says the ride-hailing company acquired in contravention of the terms of levandowski’s employment.waymo is also seeking expedited discovery in the new filing, and it offered three supporting testimonies alongside its request for both the injunction and the expeditious process. these come from waymo security engineer gary brown, waymo lidar tech






waymo files for an injunction against uber’s use of its self-driving tech


waymo has taken the next step in its suit against uber, which it says took confidential proprietary information regarding how to make its custom-built lidar components for use in uber’s autonomous driving technology. the suit alleges that otto founder anthony levandowski took the information while employed at waymo when it was still google’s self-driving car project, and now waymo has formally filed for an injunction against uber’s use of the tech it says the ride-hailing company acquired in contravention of the terms of levandowski’s employment.waymo is also seeking expedited discovery in the new filing, and it offered three supporting testimonies alongside its request for both the injunction and the expeditious process. these come from waymo security engineer gary brown, waymo lidar tech






waymo sues uber for stealing design of lidar system (update)


photo: uberevery automaker and car start-up is currently working on the same technology, and now two tech behemoths are pitted against one another. waymo, the self-driving car project of google, filed a lawsuit on thursday against uber that alleges one of its former employees stole the proprietary design of waymo’s self-driving car system.advertisementaccording to the 28-page complaint filed in a california federal court (which is available below), waymo says a former manager of the self-driving car project, anthony levandowski, downloaded more than 14,000 “highly confidential and proprietary files shortly before his resignation.” the files—about 9.7 gb worth—included a design of waymo’s lidar circuit board, which is key to making the system function.in the run-up to the alleged theft, lev






waymo files lawsuit alleging uber stole self-driving vehicle secrets


google parent alphabet's waymo self-driving car subsidiary has sued ride-sharing giant uber for allegedly stealing its trade secrets and using the information to build competing technology. in a 28-page lawsuit filed in federal court in san francisco this week, waymo accused uber of trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, and unfair competition pertaining to lidar, a laser based technology designed to let self-driving vehicles "see" traffic, pedestrians and other obstacles. waymo's complaint alleges that anthony levandowski, a former manager at the company, illegally downloaded some 14,000 proprietary and confidential files pertaining to lidar shortly before he left waymo to establish a self-driving truck company of his own called otto. uber acquired otto for $680 million in 20






waymo sues uber and otto for theft of trade secrets


waymo, the alphabet-owned self-driving company that began life as google’s self-driving car project, has filed suit against self-driving trucking company otto, and its parent company, uber. waymo says that uber “misappropriated” its trade secrets, and infringed upon its held patents. specifically, waymo says it has found evidence that otto and uber have been using elements of its self-driving tech related to its custom, in-house lidar sensors, which the company unveiled earlier this year.in its complaint, waymo says that it developed a “combination of unique laser systems to provide critical information for the operation of fully self-driving vehicles,” which were taken by otto founder anthony levandowski specifically, who was previously a manager working for waymo. levandowski downloaded






waymo sues uber and otto for theft of trade secrets


waymo, the alphabet-owned self-driving company that began life as google’s self-driving car project, has filed suit against self-driving trucking company otto, and its parent uber. waymo says that uber “misappropriated” its trade secrets, and infringed upon its held patents. specifically, waymo says it has found evidence that otto and uber have been using elements of its self-driving tech related to its custom, in-house lidar sensors, which the company unveiled earlier this year.in its complaint, waymo says that it developed a “combination of unique laser systems to provide critical information for the operation of fully self-driving vehicles,” which were taken by otto founder anthony levandowski specifically, who was previously a manager working for waymo. levandowski downloaded over 14,0






google sues uber for alleged theft of self-driving car secrets


why it matters to you waymo's accusations against uber are pretty serious, and have started a legal battle between two of the biggest names in self-driving cars.waymo — a part of alphabet, which owns google — filed a lawsuit thursday against uber, alleging that the ride-sharing service stole some of its autonomous-car secrets. waymo was began as alphabet/google’s self-driving car project years ago, and was spun off into its own company.in the lawsuit, waymo claims a former employee may have stolen proprietary files — 14,000 of them, to be exact — and used them to start a new company, according to bloomberg. the company in question is otto, the autonomous-driving tech startup acquired by uber in august for $680 million. otto demonstrated a self-driving semi truck late last year.“we take the






google sues uber for alleged theft of self-driving car secrets


why it matters to you waymo's accusations against uber are pretty serious, and have started a legal battle between two of the biggest names in self-driving cars.waymo — a part of alphabet, which owns google — filed a lawsuit thursday against uber, alleging that the ride-sharing service stole some of its autonomous-car secrets. waymo was began as alphabet/google’s self-driving car project years ago, and was spun off into its own company.in the lawsuit, waymo claims a former employee may have stolen proprietary files — 14,000 of them, to be exact — and used them to start a new company, according to bloomberg. the company in question is otto, the autonomous-driving tech startup acquired by uber in august for $680 million. otto demonstrated a self-driving semi truck late last year.“we take the






for brash uber the worst of their recent bad news is google's accusation of thef


moving from a business model in which the company essentially owns nothing but skims a vigorish of 25% or more off the fares paid to its “independent contractors,” to one in which it owns and must continue to develop a fleet of its own vehicles represents a major change of direction. as transportation expert hubert horan observed in a detailed critique of uber last december, “it is unclear why investors would wager billions on the prospect that it will eventually be able to design and build highly sophisticated vehicles more efficiently than competitors such as google, tesla, toyota, mercedes-benz, ford and general motors.”the allegations in the lawsuit imply that uber went to great lengths to obtain its driverless technology. the core allegation concerns its “light detection and ranging”






facing a lawsuit from google over driverless car technology, uber may finally ha


moving from a business model in which the company essentially owns nothing but skims a vigorish of 25% or more off the fares paid to its “independent contractors,” to one in which it owns and must continue to develop a fleet of its own vehicles represents a major change of direction. as transportation expert hubert horan observed in a detailed critique of uber last december, “it is unclear why investors would wager billions on the prospect that it will eventually be able to design and build highly sophisticated vehicles more efficiently than competitors such as google, tesla, toyota, mercedes-benz, ford and general motors.”the allegations in the lawsuit imply that uber went to great lengths to obtain its driverless technology. the core allegation concerns its “light detection and ranging”






alphabet’s waymo asks court to halt uber’s self-driving car effort


waymo llc, the self-driving car unit of google parent alphabet inc., asked a federal court on friday to halt uber technologies inc.’s efforts to develop autonomous vehicles allegedly based on stolen design secrets. the request was made to the u.s. district court in san francisco, following a suit filed last month accusing anthony levandowski, a former key manager in the google self-driving car project, of taking 14,000 files before...






alphabet’s waymo asks court to halt uber’s self-driving car tech


waymo llc, the self-driving car unit of google parent alphabet inc., asked a federal court on friday to halt uber technologies inc.’s efforts to develop autonomous vehicles allegedly based on stolen design secrets.the request was made to the u.s. district court in san francisco, following a suit filed last month accusing anthony levandowski, a former key manager in the google self-driving car project, of taking 14,000 files before...






la batalla se intensifica y ahora waymo pide bloquear las operaciones de uber en


uber y waymo, propiedad de google/alphabet, están librando la que es la primera gran guerra dentro del segmento de coches autónomos. no se trata de una guerra comercial y de competencia como sucede habitualmente, se trata de una intensa batalla legal que podría dejar a uber fuera del negocio.a finales de febrero de este 2017, waymo interpuso una demanda en contra de uber y otto, su división de camiones autónomos, donde se alega que la compañía de transporte robó importantes documentos clave, donde se encuentran detalles técnicos acerca de la tecnología de conducción autónoma desarrollada por google. hoy la demanda ha subido a un nuevo nivel, ya que waymo está pidiendo formalmente a un juez que bloquee las operaciones de uber en este segmento.hoy durante una audiencia en una corte federal,






waymo (google) demanda a uber por robo de información secreta para el desarrollo


hoy está iniciando una de esas batallas que tarde o temprano tenían que aparecer, una batalla que se antoja larga y dolorosa ya que tiene que ver con la tecnología involucrada en el desarrollo de coches y sistemas de conducción autónoma. waymo, la recién fundada compañía de coches autónomos que depende de alphabet (google), está demandando a uber y su compañía de camiones autónomos otto por haber robado información confidencial y tecnología clave.concretamente, wyamo está demandando a anthony levandowski, un ingeniero que trabajó en google y dejo la compañía para montar otto, y que al día de hoy es un importante ejecutivo en uber. se cree que levandowski robó 14.000 documentos confidenciales propiedad de google, documentos con detalles técnicos acerca del hardware usado por google para la






uber's bad month keeps getting worse


nobody wants to be uber right now.in the past month, the san francisco ride-hailing firm faced a customer boycott and sexual harassment allegations, which have devastated employee morale and steered users away from the service. then it was slapped with a lawsuit thursday, in which waymo — google’s self-driving car project — alleged theft of trade secrets. while uber has in the past been adept at weathering bad publicity, brand and industry analysts are less sure about the company’s ability to emerge from the recent damaging events unscathed, particularly since uber has pegged its future to self-driving cars.it’s a remarkable turn of events for a company that had until recently plowed through any conflict on its path. the lawsuit landed as uber tried to right itself after 200,000 customers






waymo’s self-driving tech got a lot better in 2016


waymo’s self-driving software had far fewer disenga ents in 2016 than it did in 2015 in the state of california, despite a big increase in the number of miles driven overall. the california department of motor vehicles just published waymo’s most recent disenga ent report, which tracks al the times that a self-driving software system must be turned off in a test cars – and most of these aren’t even accidents or fender benders, but might actually entail a momentary pause to adjust something in software or quickly zap a bug.this is huge news for waymo in terms of its progress towards bringing a fully self-driving vehicle to customers via a production vehicle or ride-sharing service. waymo’s self-driving technology lead dmitri dolgov explained why in a blog post celebrating the company’s prog






a brief history of uber and google's very complicated relationship


image: aplast night, waymo, the self-driving car division of alphabet—parent company to google—filed a blockbuster lawsuit against uber. the suit alleges that a former google engineer stole trade secrets and proprietary designs of waymo’s self-driving car system, which he subsequently used when starting his own company that was later acquired by uber in 2016. advertisementspecifically, the lawsuit alleges that anthony levandowski, a former employee in google’s self-driving car division, downloaded nearly 14,000 documents, including the design for the circuit board used waymo’s self-driving car system. all the while, the lawsuit claims, he was surreptitiously planning to leave the company to start his own self-driving car startup. levandowski did end up leaving and starting his own company,






google-bred company accuses uber of self-driving car theft


san francisco — a self-driving car company founded by google is accusing a former top engineer of stealing pivotal technology that is propelling uber's effort to assemble a fleet of automated vehicles for its popular ride-hailing service.the alleged chicanery is outlined in a lawsuit filed in a san francisco federal court by waymo, which began working on self-driving cars eight years ago as a secret google project. waymo now operates as a part of google's corporate parent, alphabet inc.the complaint cites evidence that anthony levandowski, a former manager in google's self-driving car project, loaded 14,000 confidential files on a laptop before leaving to start his own company in 2016. uber subsequently bought levandowski's startup, otto, last year for $680 million.uber didn't immediately






analysts see cautionary tale in huge data theft from google's parent alphabet


the company alphabet has sued uber technologies for allegedly stealing crucial data about its self-driving-car project in a case that experts said illustrates how hard it can be to protect sensitive information in the digital age. the lawsuit was filed thursday in federal court in san francisco. alphabet accuses uber and its subsidiary otto of stealing 14,000 files that pertain to the automobile that alphabet has been developing through waymo, one of its companies.alphabet specifically alleges that anthony levandowski, a former waymo executive, downloaded the files, many which involve the advanced guidance system used in waymo cars.cyber experts said the controversy represents a cautionary tale for alphabet, the parent company of google. “intellectual property is the lifeblood of many sili






google-bred company accuses uber of self-driving car theft


san francisco (ap) — a self-driving car company founded by google is accusing a former top engineer of stealing pivotal technology that is propelling uber’s effort to assemble a fleet of automated vehicles for its popular ride-hailing service.the alleged chicanery is outlined in a lawsuit filed in a san francisco federal court by waymo, which began working on self-driving cars eight years ago as a secret google project. waymo now operates as a part of google’s corporate parent, alphabet inc.the complaint cites evidence that anthony levandowski, a former manager in google’s self-driving car project, loaded 14,000 confidential files on a laptop before leaving to start his own company in 2016. uber subsequently bought levandowski’s startup, otto, last year for $680 million.uber didn’t immedia






waymo (formerly google's self-driving car project): the smart person's guide


hope reese is a staff writer for techrepublic. she covers the intersection of technology and society, examining the people and ideas that transform how we live today.






influence game: gm bill is self-driving and self-interested


washington (ap) — with states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, general motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.the carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say gm lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company’s competitors contend would do just that. the bills set a blueprint for fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but only those owned by an automaker.competitors working on self-driving technology like uber and alphabet’s waymo fear the measures could shut out their companies because they don’t manufacture cars. and some automakers that are develop






influence game: gm bill is self-driving and self-interested


washington — with states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, general motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.the carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say gm lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company's competitors contend would do just that. the bills set a blueprint for fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but only those owned by an automaker.competitors working on self-driving technology like uber and alphabet's waymo fear the measures could shut out their companies because they don't manufacture cars. and some automakers that are developing a






influence game: gm bill is self-driving and self-interested


washington — with states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, general motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.the carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say gm lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company's competitors contend would do just that. the bills set a blueprint for fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but only those owned by an automaker.competitors working on self-driving technology like uber and alphabet's waymo fear the measures could shut out their companies because they don't manufacture cars. and some automakers that are developing a






uber's no good, very bad month


nobody wants to be uber right now.in the past month, the san francisco ride-hailing firm faced a customer boycott and sexual harassment allegations, which have devastated employee morale and steered users away from the service. then it was slapped with a lawsuit thursday, in which waymo — google’s self-driving car project — alleged theft of trade secrets. while uber has in the past been adept at weathering bad publicity, brand and industry analysts are less sure about the company’s ability to emerge from the recent damaging events unscathed, particularly since uber has pegged its future to self-driving cars.it’s a remarkable turn of events for a company that had until recently plowed through any conflict on its path. the lawsuit landed as uber tried to right itself after 200,000 customers






gm lobbies states for self-driving-car rules that favor the automaker over tech


general motors is pushing for bills that set a blueprint for the introduction of fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but they must be owned by an automaker.washington — with states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, general motors is trying to persuade lawmakers across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.the carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say gm lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company’s competitors contend would do just that. the bills set a blueprint for the introduction of fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but they must be owned by an au






self-driving trucks: 3 new startups could shape the future of trucking


image: embark google's self-driving car project (now waymo) has arguably been at the forefront of the autonomous car movement, testing on public roads since 2009. so when its founder, anthony levandowski, left to found a driverless truck startup called otto, the venture was sure to bring important insight into autonomous tech into the trucking world. uber jumped on the opportunity to break into trucking. in 2016, it purchased otto for $680 million, marking one of that year's most important announcements in the driverless vehicle world. in february 2017, it also became the subject of a lawsuit by waymo over its driverless technology.otto is, it seems, one of the biggest players in driverless trucks. but it's not the only one.with the trucking industry—and its reliance on long-haul highway d






google's self-driving waymo cars: humans are having to grab the wheel way less


google reports a dramatic decrease in the number of times humans needed to take control of its autonomous cars. image: google google's autonomous waymo cars have hugely cut the number of times a human has to take over the controls to avert danger or correct a glitch. the california department of vehicles has published its autonomous vehicle disenga ent reports for all companies testing vehicles on the state's public roads last year. the reports show how many times human drivers needed to take control from the vehicle's autonomous mode. ford: self-driving cars are five years away from changing the world the technical leader of ford's autonomous car project speaks about what it's like to be driven by a driver-less car, and how big a deal self-driving vehicles will really be.waymo's report i






weekly roundup: uber responds to sexual harassment claim, nasa discovers earth-l


tech news was heavy this week. uber is facing a sexual harassment claim as well as a lawsuit from google, nasa discovered planets with what could prove to be earthlike conditions, and more information was revealed about apple’s new apple park campus. these are the top stories of the week.1. last week, former uber engineer susan fowler accused the company of sexual harassment and human resources negligence in a blog post. in response, uber ceo travis kalanick has tapped former us attorney general eric holder and tammy albarran, partners at law firm covington & burling, to independently investigate the accusation. uber board member arianna huffington also came on to take part in the review. other female engineers at uber have responded to kalanick’s addressing of the situation by noting that






weekly roundup: uber responds to sexual harassment claim, nasa discovers earth-l


tech news was heavy this week. uber is facing a sexual harassment claim as well as a lawsuit from google, nasa discovered planets with what could prove to be earthlike conditions, and more information was revealed about apple’s new apple park campus. these are the top stories of the week.1. last week, former uber engineer susan fowler accused the company of sexual harassment and human resources negligence in a blog post. in response, uber ceo travis kalanick has tapped former us attorney general eric holder and tammy albarran, partners at law firm covington & burling, to independently investigate the accusation. uber board member arianna huffington also came on to take part in the review. other female engineers at uber have responded to kalanick’s addressing of the situation by noting that






alphabet’s waymo sues uber over self-driving car secrets


google parent alphabet inc.’s heated rivalry with uber technologies inc. over self-driving cars has spilled into the courthouse, after the internet giant sued the ride-hailing company for allegedly stealing trade secrets to jump-start its own autonomous vehicle program.anthony levandowski, a former key manager in the google self-driving car project, is accused of secretly downloading 14,000 files in december 2015 before departing...






testing reports reveal driverless cars still need humans at the helm – the mercu


sacramento — though scant on details, a report released by the dmv wednesday shows that driverless cars have a long way to go before they can get rid of humans, experts said.the data from the department of motor vehicles includes autonomous vehicle test results from 11 companies. the information includes details of when drivers had to take control of the cars, either because the test driver felt uncomfortable or due to a glitch in the technology. the data only includes miles traveled on public roads in california, and doesn’t include testing at private facilities or outside the state.“it’s a small glimpse into a small part of what a relatively small number of companies are doing,” said bryant walker smith, a scholar with stanford law school’s center for internet and society.there are more






alphabet’s waymo sues uber over self-driving car secrets


google parent alphabet inc.’s heated rivalry with uber technologies inc. over self-driving cars has spilled into the courthouse, after the internet giant sued the ride-hailing company for allegedly stealing trade secrets to jump-start its own autonomous vehicle program.anthony levandowski, a former key manager in the google self-driving car project, is accused of secretly downloading 14,000 files before departing alphabet last year...






google-parent alphabet’s self-driving car testing far ahead in california, repor


new data on tests of self-driving car technology in california suggest that alphabet inc.’s efforts remain ahead of many rivals in the intensifying race to bring fully autonomous vehicles to the roads.waymo, the alphabet unit that began as google’s self-driving car project eight years ago, logged 635,868 miles on california roads between dec. 1, 2015 and nov. 30, 2016, according to its annual report to the state department of motor...






google-parent alphabet’s self-driving car testing far ahead in california, repor


new data on tests of self-driving car technology in california suggest that alphabet inc.’s efforts remain ahead of many rivals in the intensifying race to bring fully autonomous vehicles to the roads.waymo, the alphabet unit that began as google’s self-driving car project eight years ago, logged 635,868 miles on california roads between dec. 1, 2015 and nov. 30, 2016, according to its annual report to the state department of motor...






los genios del coche autónomo de google dimiten porque el proyecto les ha hecho


el coche autónomo de google ha demostrado ser un pequeño prodigio: ha recorrido más kilómetros que ningún otro y ofrece un nivel de autonomía prometedor. sin embargo desde hace unos meses estamos viendo cómo las dimisiones de los máximos responsables del proyecto se han ido produciendo de forma sostenida, y ahora sabemos la razón: google les estaba pagando tanto por su trabajo que acabaron dimitiendo.google ha hecho demasiado ricos a sus empleadosen bloomberg nos cuentan cómo el sistema de compensación del proyecto era tan excepcional que varios de los miembros más veteranos del equipo "ya no necesitaban la seguridad de su trabajo". habían ganado tanto dinero que estaban abiertos a otras oportunidades, y varios de ellos han acabado dejando ese proyecto para dedicarse a otros distintos fuer






google spinoff waymo accuses uber of self-driving car theft


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google spin-off waymo accuses uber of self-driving car theft


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ford bets $1b on startup founded by waymo, uber vets


san francisco — ford motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.the big bet announced friday comes just a few months after the pittsburgh startup, argo ai, was created by two alumni of carnegie mellon university's robotics program, bryan salesky and peter rander.the alliance between argo and ford is the latest to combine the spunk and dexterity of a technologically savvy startup with the financial muscle and manufacturing knowhow of a major automaker in the race to develop autonomous vehicles. last year rival general motors paid $581 million to buy cruise automation, a 40-person software company that is testing vehicles in san francisco.the argo de






google paid ‘fuck-you money’ at self-driving car project so staffers quit when t


photo: apafter years of setbacks, google’s self-driving car project finally seems to have a path to commercialization, but that long road has come at a pretty big cost, we’re now learning: according to bloomberg, the company lost several employees because of a weird compensation system that doled out millions of dollars of bonuses, based solely on the project’s value.one day they’re getting better at successfully navigating the roads of california, the next they… read more read morethe mega-compensation system was such a burden that an executive at alphabet cited it last year as a source for why expenses spiked, bloomberg reports. the project, now called waymo, was valued so high that several veterans “didn’t need the job security anymore,” the news outlet reports. a tech company paying st






oscar-nominated emmanuelle riva dies in paris, age 89


paris — emmanuelle riva, a french star of screen and stage nominated for an academy award for best actress in 2013, has died. she was 89.riva died friday afternoon in a clinic in paris after a long illness, her agent, anne alvares correa, told the ociated press.riva was oscar-nominated for her role in "amour, " michael haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple.with riva starring alongside another french movie legend, jean-louis trintignant, it won the academy award for best foreign language film. they played a loving, elderly parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke. "amour" also won the palme d'or at the cannes film festival.but jennifer lawrence won the academy award for best actress that year, for her performance as a young widower in "silver linings playbook."