Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous driving wing, filed the injunction against Uber last month after it claimed that former employee Andrew Levandovski copied the technology for the Uber-owned Otto.
Otto's founder, Andrew Levandowski is a former Google employee who resigned and was eventually accused of stealing more than 14,000 documents pertaining to the self-driving vehicle technology. "Waymo could not be more wrong, and Uber's design could not be more different". "Anthony Levandowski is not a defendant in this case". It followed a Monday order from U.S. District Judge William Alsup, ruling Levandowski couldn't use his Fifth Amendment right to.
Waymo's injunction motion is a misfire: there is no evidence that any of the 14,000 files in question ever touched Uber's servers, and Waymo's assertion that our multi-lens LIDAR is the same as their single-lens LIDAR is clearly false.
On May 3rd, according to Axios, the court will hear arguments from both sides regarding Waymo's request for a court injunction to halt Uber's work on self-driving vehicles while the lawsuit is ongoing. "And no wonder, Uber's LiDAR was developed by a different team, using a different beam pattern, and leveraging different know-how".
Uber has many vehicles with LIDAR technology operating in Pittsburgh and Tempe, Arizona. Instead, the company says it has been relying on LiDAR systems built by other vendors. It has argued for arbitration on grounds that the lawsuit stems from the actions of Levandowski while he was with Alphabet, and so should be covered by Alphabet's employee agreement with him. Alphabet's opposition suggested Uber is seeking to delay proceedings, including a hearing on an injunction Alphabet wants against Uber and to prevent public access to proceedings. In a court appearance earlier this week, Uber's lawyer Angela Padilla denied the allegations stating that, if Waymo truly believed they stole the technology, they would have not waited five months to press charges.
Uber's second line of defence is that the LiDAR technology it is developing is completely different to the tech detailed in the documents allegedly stolen by Levandowski.
Levandowski has not handed over the allegedly stolen documents and Uber, which has never denied that Levandowski took the files, claims it can not force him to do so.
Levandowski, the central witness in the case, has sought his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and will not testify, over concerns about the possibility of a criminal case being filed.