(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint accused Anthony Levandowski, one of the pioneers of the self-driving car technology, the theft of trade secrets from his former employer, Google, before joining the arch-rival Uber Technologies Inc. UBER.(N).
FILE PHOTO: A Waymo self-driving car is seen during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, Calif., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam/File Photo
Lawyers Levandowski said their client is nothing to be stolen, and that she looked forward to proving his innocence at trial.
The 33-count indictment mostly mirrors the accusations that the Waymo unit, with Google’s parent company, Alphabet, Inc. (“GOOGL.D), which Levandowski was working on a civil case against Uber in march of 2017, which will later on be settled.
Levandowski, could face many years in prison and a fine if convicted. He is expected to appear later Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, California, usa.
In the pursuit of Levandowski is one of Silicon Valley’s highest-profile trade-secret theft cases, such as engineers race to develop technology for self-driving cars, in which experts from the industry as well as a $1 billion opportunity in the market for three decades.
Prosecutors accused leo Levandowski, of the theft of materials at the end of 2015 and in early 2016 in connection with the Waymo’s self-driving car technology.
She told me that he was doing this, and the decision to move on, and in the form of a self-moving company, Ottomotto, which is Uber later and bought it.
The alleged stolen material details in relation to Lidar, which is a crucial sensor technology, according to the indictment.
All people are free to make a change in career, the chief Prosecutor of the u.s., David Anderson, said at a news conference. “But we will not be able to do is to get our gear bags on the way out the door.”
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Anderson refused to answer a reporter’s question on whether Uber could also face criminal prosecution. Uber does not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Levandowski, left Waymo at the beginning of 2016, and in the end, Uber’s self-driving car project, before it is discharged.
“For more than a decade, and, Anthony Levandowski is one of the leading innovators in the field of self-driving technology, and the government’s case was a “rehash” of the discredited claims, and his attorney, Miles Ehrlich told the crowd of reporters at the San Jose courthouse.
Lawyers Levandowski, said that the technology in question, which occurred while their client is still working on the Script, and that he is entitled to the use of the information.
Ng, a self-driving company that will Levandowski, co-founded in 2018, on the Tuesday, it said in a statement that it will replace him as the new chief executive, with Robbie Miller, who had been the chief safety officer of the company. It is said that it was “in full support” of Levandowski and his or her family.
A legal battle with Levandowski costs are Uber expensive time of the self-driving car project, which is very important for the long-term profitability.
Levandowski will not testify in the trial Waymo, and Uber before it, the matter was settled, and be not spoken publicly about it.
The trial of a further public controversy for Uber, which is trying to come out of the scandals under former Chief Executive, Travis Kalanick, including how the company has treated women employees. Kalanick had called, self-driving cars to be an “existential threat to the ride-hailing business.
Prosecutors said that, there continue to be limits on the degree of competition.
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“Silicon Valley is not the wild, Wild West,” FBI special agent in charge, John Brennan, said at the press conference. “Today’s fast-paced, competitive environment does not mean that the federal law does not apply to, or be able to be ignored.”
Waymo said that, it is appreciated prosecutors’ work on the case. “We have always believed that competition must be powered by innovation,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
In the middle of the afternoon, the market shares of the Alphabet, and Uber, were down less than 1%, which is in line with the broader market.
Reporting by Daniel Levine and Alexandria Sage; Additional reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Bill Rigby and Bill Berkrot