“Stolen, Google documents is not important for Uber’
The documents that a Google employee would have been stolen and taken to his new employer, Uber, were not of great importance for the development of self-propelled cars.
This is evident from e-mails of a programmer from Google, who Wednesday were made public during a lawsuit between Google sister Waymo and Uber, writes Gizmodo.
The lawsuit revolves around the theft of trade secrets for the development of self-propelled cars. Waymo, a stand-alone company that previously was part of Google, is claiming that former employee Anthony Levandowski off went of 14,000 documents, and ultimately for the development of the robotauto’s of Uber.
In the e-mails describes the Google programmer the documents, however, as “of low value” and he writes that they had “no alarm bells ring”.
The documents are turning to Lidar technology. That is a kind of lichtradar that self-propelled cars use to navigate. According to the programmer is the design of such hardware, however, is much less important than details about the algorithms and software that are used in autonomous cars.
A spokesman for Uber says that the e-mails the right of the company to prove: “for Months, Google has his trial, based on over 14,000 documents which according to them is of critical importance. Now we learn from internal e-mails that Google from the beginning, knew that they were ‘of low value’.”
Waymo states, however, that many details about the theft of Levandowski were not known when the e-mail was written. “We Later found out that Levandowski the files downloaded on the same day that he met with Uber and that he actively tried to get his digital footprints to erase. That suggests that he valuable materials brought to the job,” says a spokesman.
The lawsuit between Waymo and Uber has been running since the beginning of the year.
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