Recently Google filed a case against former worker Anthony Levandowski for selling their driverless car technology to UBER. And with this plan of action on their desk, Uber might outrun Google in the field of connected technology.
For decades, UBER has been a major competitor for Google. And, they have implemented numerous strategies to stay ahead of the competition. The innovation of self-driving cars was certain to make Uber a competitive rival for Google until the IT giant cased a file and halted Uber’s plan of action in the middle. Google even claims that Uber designed a calculated strategy to steal their trade secrets and proprietary technology.
According to the court, “Levandowski is accused of being guilty by Google, and sold the proprietary documents to their competitor Uber.”
In detail, Levandowski leaked Google’s confidential information after he joined Uber as the head of self-driving technology. The case was originally filed by Waymo – a car company owned by Google. He was blamed earlier this February and was accused of selling Google’s valuable assets to their rival company. According to Google Levandowski collected $125m advanced payment when he signed the contract with Google. And while he was pretending to work for Google, he was building his self-driving company behind their back. The case clearly mentioned that Levandowski stole “sensitive, secret, and valuable internal Waymo information” before starting his company, Otto. Uber later acquired his company for $700m in 2016.
However, the mystery is yet to be solved. But, if Uber is found guilty then it will have severe impacts on the company’s reputation and growth.