Uber vs Waymo: Uber settles Waymo lawsuit for $245 million

February 12, 2018

Google's sister company Waymo sued Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving technology from it by a former employee.


Uber will pay $245 million (£177 million) in the form of company shares to Alphabet's Waymo after reaching a deal to settle a long-running lawsuit over the alleged theft of driverless car technology.


Uber's chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that the company does not believe it received any trade secrets from Waymo, and that it is taking steps to ensure that its research is unique to work carried out internally.


The settlement includes an agreement "to ensure that any Waymo confidential information is not being incorporated in Uber hardware and software".


In 2015, at the start of the civil case, Waymo accused Uber of using trade secrets stolen by one of its former engineers.


It claimed Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before going on to lead Uber's driver-less programme the following year.


Waymo sought $1bn (£760m) from Uber in settlement talks over the alleged theft of self-driving technology.



The confidential files are understood to reference a proprietary tool called Lidar which Waymo's self-driving cars use to navigate. Uber has claimed its own technology was significantly different.


Uber subsequently dismissed Levandowski after claiming that he had failed to co-operate with court terms as part of the investigation.




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