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Uber’s Former Self-Driving Chief Urged Kalanick to Criticize Musk

  • Anthony Levandowski, Travis Kalanick panned Tesla’s Autopilot
  • Uber fired engineer at center of legal fight with Waymo in May
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The former engineer at the center of Uber’s self-driving car legal troubles urged ex-Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to criticize Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk and several of his claims about autonomous vehicles.

Anthony Levandowski, whom Uber fired in May, sent a text to Kalanick in September that criticized Musk for saying Tesla was unlikely to use lidar sensors for its cars. The message was among those released as part of the ongoing lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. by Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, which has accused Levandowski of stealing trade secrets.