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Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Published Feb 24th, 2017 4:05PM EST
Uber Vs Google

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division.

In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber’s progress with respect to self-driving car technologies.

“We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. “We have reviewed Waymo’s claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world.”

If this case winds up in court, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo’s allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information.

The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski — a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto — who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  “confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation.”

Waymo notes that it didn’t file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn’t seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.