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Uber Wants Waymo Robocar Secrets Fight Out of Public View

  • Ride-hailing startup invokes Alphabet’s own arbitration rules
  • Billions at stake in attempt to divert dispute from court
The Waymo driverless car.

The Waymo driverless car.

Photographer: Eric Risberg/AP Photo
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Uber Technologies Inc. says Alphabet Inc.’s own ground rules require accusations that the ride-hailing company stole trade secrets for driverless cars be resolved in private arbitration and not a public court.

It’s a bold and unusual gambit by the world’s most valuable startup to shift the battlefield in a showdown that may decide who controls key technology in the race to market autonomous vehicles -- a business that both companies believe will be worth hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars a year.