Uber’s Problems Keep Mounting

By on June 26, 2017

Uber, the current king of on-demand ride sharing is doubling down on their stupidity. After countless miscue’s the company board politely ousted its CEO, Travis Kalanick.

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The passage in Uber’s book of blunders is the allegation of stealing self-driving technology from self driving tech leader Waymo (a Google company). The autonomous car innovator was formed out of Google’s origin company, Alphabet Inc., in December 2016.

Waymo’s Claim

In Federal Court filing, Waymo contests that Uber has admitted it had known since March of 2016 about patent infringements allegedly received by a former Waymo executive that worked in the self-driving technology group.

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This could turn out to be a serious concern for Uber. In February 2017 Waymo took Uber and Otto (an Uber subsidiary) to court for stealing upwards of 14,000 files pertaining to Waymo self-driving technology. In Federal Court Uber claimed to have invented the technology on its own accord.

In a sharp contradiction Uber to those claims Uber later admitted to having discovered the stolen files on the company desktop used by an employee named Sameer Kshirsagar, an ex-employee of Waymo. According Business Insider, “Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the former head of its self-driving-car program, over his refusal to cooperate in its legal battle against Waymo.”

The Court has now requested Uber apply “the full extent of their corporate, employment, contractual and other authority” to force Levandowski to turn in documents by May 31. Levandowski failed to deliver the documents, and as a result, Uber released him.

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