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Uber and Alphabet head to court over self-driving car

By Jane HaglMay 15, 2017

05/15/17

Self-driving cars used to be a detail in sci-fi literature. Well, now it is here and Uber is back in court over self-driving cars. A judge decided two automated vehicle sector competitors couldn’t arbitrate theft of trade secrets. Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is suing Uber after accusing former employer Anthony Levandowski of stealing documents from Waymo before starting his own automated truck business. Levandowski launched his own company and then sold it to Uber for $680 million before eventually leading Uber’s self-driving team. Waymo hopes to stop Uber's self-driving team while trial and the judge might suggest a criminal investigation.