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Uber Demotes Man at Center of Waymo Self-Driving Car Lawsuit

  • Anthony Levandowski will step aside during the legal battle
  • Alphabet’s Waymo accused Levandowski of stealing trade secrets
Anthony Levandowski.

Anthony Levandowski.

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Anthony Levandowski, who is at the center of Alphabet Inc.’s trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc., stepped down from his post overseeing self-driving car technology. Uber said he’ll take a lesser role on the team and won’t be involved in decisions relating to lidar technology, which is the subject of the suit.

Levandowski explained the changes in a staff email obtained by Bloomberg. He said he decided, along with Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, that he should recuse himself from working on lidar, the laser technology used to help self-driving cars see the road.