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Uber settles dispute with Alphabet's self-driving car unit

Anita Balakrishnan
  • Waymo accused Uber of using at least one Waymo trade secret in its self-driving cars.
  • Waymo said that when Uber acquired a start-up from a star Google engineer, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski brought some 14,000 Google files with him.
  • Uber has argued its self-driving sensor designs are unique.

Uber has settled a battle with Alphabet 's self-driving car unit Waymo.

Waymo accused Uber of using at least one Waymo trade secret in its self-driving cars. Waymo said that when Uber acquired a start-up from a star Google engineer, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski brought some 14,000 Google files with him. Uber has argued its self-driving sensor designs are unique and that Levandowski's actions were unrelated to his work at Uber.

The end of the case closes a sordid chapter in the relationship between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Alphabet CEO Larry Page. In his deposition, Kalanick expressed ambitions to partner with Waymo , after Google invested in Uber.

The decision comes as Uber has pledged to evolve into Uber "2.0" under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Still, the terms of the settlement could affect whether Uber and Waymo can move forward with their expensive and laborious self-driving car designs, potentially putting one company ahead of the competition.



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