Uber Robocar Engineer Ordered Walled Off in Waymo Secrets Fight

  • Levandowski was already demoted as head of driverless team
  • U.S. judge finds strong evidence Levandowski took Waymo files

Uber's Driverless Car Project at Risk in Court Case

The engineer who led Uber Technologies Inc.’s driverless car unit until last month was ordered to remain quarantined from the company’s work on lidar laser technology amid allegations he took critical trade secrets when he left rival Waymo.

In a ruling unsealed Monday, a federal judge in San Francisco stopped short of issuing a broader order that may have stalled Uber’s program for the duration of the court battle, saying he didn’t find clear evidence of wrongdoing by the ride-hailing company.

The case is Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies Inc., 17-cv-00939, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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