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Google's lawsuit against Uber: The accused side of the Story



It is no longer news that the Google subsidiary, Waymo which is a self driving car company have accused an Uber employee who used to work with Google of downloading a cache of data  worth 9.7 gigabyte to his laptop before quitting and ultimately bringing it to rival Uber ( a taxi company).

Waymo's lawsuit alleges that Levandowski, the now Uber employee who worked for Waymo (the self-driving car unit owned by Google-parent company Alphabet),  downloaded 9.7 gigabytes worth of files related to Waymo's self-driving technology to his company laptop. He later used those files to develop lidar technology at his startup called Otto, Waymo alleges. Otto was acquired by Uber last year and Levandowski is now in charge of the Uber's self-driving efforts.

In a reaction to the above alleged lawsuit, Anthony Levandowski, the man at the center of the lawsuit denied the allegation, stating that He needed the data Waymo is talking about to work from home. Levandowski further cleared the air that Uber's Lidar technology — the laser sensors that self-driving cars rely on to navigate the roads — is "clean."

Read: Waymo claims that Uber stole their trade secret

Uber as a company made a statement that "We will have a chance to tell our side of the story in upcoming filings and look forward to that opportunity."
According to a report on Thursday by Reuters, Uber's lawyers told a federal judge that the company intends to seek to move the dispute to arbitration.

A federal judge said this week that Uber has until April 7 to file a legal response to Waymo's lawsuit. For now, it is not clear wether they would use Levandowski's defense statement "work-from-home" in its official response. Last week, Waymo asked a judge to freeze Uber's use of self-driving technology until the lawsuit is resolved.

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