U.S. judge warns Uber in Waymo self-driving car case | Reuters
A U.S. judge on Wednesday warned Uber Technologies Inc it could face a court injunction that would bar a key Uber executive from working on its self-driving car project, in a high-profile case filed by Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit.The litigation pits two Silicon Valley giants against each other over technology at the heart of a potential revolution in the auto industry.U.S. District Judge William Alsup said evidence amassed by Waymo to bolster its case of being robbed was extraordinary.”I’ve never seen a record this strong in 42 years,” Alsup said. A hearing on Waymo’s request for an injunction on Uber’s self-driving program is scheduled for May.Waymo sued ride services company Uber earlier this year, claiming that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving the company to join Uber. Waymo said Uber benefited from those documents and has sued for damages and to stop Uber from using the technology Levandowski allegedly stole.
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