U.S. Judge Says He Will Delay Uber-Waymo Trade Secrets Trial

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FILE PHOTO: The Waymo logo is displayed during the company's unveil of a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017.

Uber settles with Waymo in trade secret case

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A high-profile legal fight is underway in a San Francisco courthouse between Uber and Google-spin-off Waymo, which accuses the ride-hailing company of stealing its self-driving car technology.

Waymo has 'no smoking gun' in Uber self driving car case

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday said he had not seen clear evidence that Uber Technologies Inc had conspired with an engineer on its self driving car program to steal trade secrets from Alphabet Inc's Waymo, and that he was wrestling with whether to issue an injunction against the ride service. At a hearing in San Francisco federal court, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said it was undisputed that the engineer, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded about 14,000 documents shortly before he stopped working for Waymo. If it were proven that Levandowski and Uber conspired in taking Waymo's information, that could have dire consequences for Uber, say legal and ride-hailing industry experts. High-profile: Levandowski, a'swaggering' six-foot-seven tech leader, is one of Silicon Valley's most significant figures in the development of self-driving cars In lidar -- or light detection and ranging -- scanning, one or more lasers sends out short pulses, which bounce back when they hit an obstacle, whether clouds, leaves or rocks. In self-driving cars, the sensors constantly scan the surrounding areas looking for information and acting as the'eyes' of the car.

Waymo Seeking $2.6 Billion From Uber for One Trade Secret: Lawyer

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Jury selection in San Francisco federal court is scheduled to begin on Oct. 10. However, Waymo has asked U.S. District Judge William Alsup to delay the trial, arguing that critical new evidence it recently obtained requires further time to investigate.