Judge in the Google/Uber lawsuit rejects a Fifth Amendment claim to keep key details private

The presiding judge in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing autonomous-car trade secrets has said that Uber must disclose certain basic details of a due diligence report conducted as part of Uber’s August 2016 acquisition of self-driving tech startup Otto.

The report could play an important role in Alphabet’s allegations that the ride-hail company is using Alphabet’s proprietary self-driving technology.

The Google parent company claims that Uber’s self-driving head, Anthony Levandowski, stole 14,000 files from Alphabet that included designs for its lidar — Light Detection and Ranging — technology. Lidar is key to most self-driving systems.

Uber counters that its technology is unique and distinct from that used in Alphabet’s self-driving efforts, which exist under the umbrella of… [read more]


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