Uber Denies Waymo's Claims Of Collusion With Levandowski

Accused of a Cover-Up, Uber Adjusts Its Defense

Uber claims it was not aware of any proprietary information taken from Waymo

"Uber also hasn't been able to locate text messages from Travis Kalanick to Levandowski, even though it could locate text messages from Levandowski to Kalanick, suggesting that the former were deleted", Waymo wrote in the court filing. According to Uber's filing, the company was unaware of Levandowski's illicit possession of any trade secrets at first, and did not collude with him to obtain Google's trade secrets while he was still employed with the internet giant's self-driving vehicle division, which would go on to become Waymo.

Uber acknowledges that Levandowski made known that he had "discovered" five discs' worth of proprietary Waymo data, but claims it was unaware of how he came to possess it.

In a court filing on Wednesday, Uber said Levandowski's downloads had nothing to do with his future employment at Uber.

According to Uber's filing, Levandowski told them that he had the discs with the Waymo material in his home from the time he worked there.

If the trade secrets never got to Uber, what's Uber's view on why Levandowski did it? Eventually, Uber's attorneys say, he destroyed the discs containing the information. Uber rubbished these claims terming them ungrounded. Uber also said that no one from Uber asked Levandowski to do what is said that he had done.

"Prior to the filing of this lawsuit, no one at Uber knew that Levandowski had downloaded any Google proprietary information for any improper objective or that he had deliberately taken any Google proprietary information with him when he left Google", Uber said in court documents obtained by CNET. Most of those had to do with Google's proprietary LiDAR design.

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Finally, there's Levandowski's own admission: he told Kalanick, Qi, and Poetzscher that he had the five discs of Google material in March 2016. As the document states, "Kalanick emphatically told Levandowski that Uber did not want any such information, that Levandowski should not bring any such information to Uber, and to talk to his lawyer".

The fact is that Uber's self-driving cars concept is much dependent on the self-driving trucking start-up company they acquired - Otto. "In recent days, Waymo has blamed a law firm, a third party forensics vendor, and now that it is becoming more and more clear that this downloading had nothing to do with Uber, they resort to peddling a "cover-up" theory that was explicitly rejected by the Court as recently as last week".

"This is consistent with the complete lack of evidence that such files exist at, or have ever been used by, Uber", the company said.

But in today's filing, Uber strongly objected to that argument, saying it didn't know Levandowski had stolen any documents from Google or Waymo. Of that total bonus, approximately $65 million was payable as of October 2015, but was paid in late December 2015, and approximately $92 million was paid in August 2016.

While Levandowski himself isn't named as a defendant in the case, Uber's strategy appears to be to distance itself from any wrongdoing that he may, or may not, have committed.

San Francisco - Uber Technologies says it did not know about the alleged theft of proprietary information from Alphabet's autonomous driving unit by an executive until Waymo filed a lawsuit in February. If you'll recall, the engineer founded his own autonomous truck driving startup Otto, which Uber snapped up for $680 million, after leaving Google and only joined the ride-hailing company as head of its self-driving operation after the acquisition. Rather than do the right thing, Uber took part in a coverup, only firing Mr. Levandowski after their actions were exposed in litigation.

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