Monday, 11 December, 2017

Uber fires star self-driving vehicle researcher

Uber fires Anthony Levandowski self-driving car executive at heart of Google lawsuit Levandowski was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and
Lori Graves | 31 May, 2017, 00:39

The suit alleges that Levandowski, who used to work for Waymo, conspired with Uber to steal trade secrets from his former employer. Levandowski's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Levandowski was sacked on Tuesday. But it seems likely this has been coming for a long, long time, especially as Uber's self-driving auto has faced technical troubles as well as legal ones.

"I feel like we're brothers from another mother", Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said of Levandowski in an interview at the time of the acquisition.

Under the order, Levandowski was barred from being involved at Uber with anything to do with LiDAR, an object-sensing technology used to help self-driving cars "see", which is at the heart of the suit. "Footnote 9 of the Order specifically states that 'in complying with this order, Uber has no excuse under the Fifth Amendment to pull any punches as to Levandowski'". The deal was reported to have a price tag of $680 million. That Uber has dismissed the key person in a program they've argued has to happen, despite skepticism about the future of self-driving cars in general, will likely damage a company already staring down a host of problems. That same day, the company had started taking passengers in its self-driving cars despite lacking a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Any admission by Levandowski that he possesses Waymo documents could embroil him in even deeper legal trouble.

Earlier this year, Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving auto subsidiary, launched a surprise and somewhat sensational lawsuit against Uber.

Anthony Levandowski, the exec who oversaw Uber's self-driving efforts until recently, was terminated after failing to meet a deadline to comply with an internal investigation into the matter, according to an Uber spokesperson.

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