Anthony Levandowski, who is at the centre of Alphabet's trade secrets lawsuit against Uber, stepped down from his post overseeing self-driving car technology. Uber said he'll take a lesser role on the team and won't be involved in decisions relating to lidar technology, which is the subject of the suit.
Levandowski's new job will remain in Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, which researches self-driving technology. But he will no longer be involved in a key technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate, a company spokesperson told HuffPost. Eric Meyhofer, an Uber engineer and co-founder of Carnegie Robotics, will take over the division, Uber said.
FILE- In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's self-driving program, speaks about their driverless car in San Francisco. Levandowski, an autonomous vehicle expert who defected from Google last year, notified Uber's staff of that he is stepping aside Thursday, April 27, 2017, in an email. He will remain at Uber, but won't oversee a crucial self-driving project targeted in lawsuit filed by Waymo, a rival started by Google.
Attorneys for Uber worked Thursday morning to convince a federal judge that a case brought by rival Waymo over the alleged theft of trade secrets from the company should be dealt with in arbitration and not in a public trial, the latest twist in the high-stakes legal battle over the future of autonomous cars.