Uber said on Thursday that Anthony Levandowski will take a smaller role while the company deals with Waymo’s lawsuit, which claims that Levandowski stole Google’s self-driving technology when he was an employee there.
Uber says man involved in Waymo’s accusation will stand aside for now
If you recall, Anthony Levandowski is at the center of Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber: Waymo claims that Levandowski, while at Google, stole the company’s confidential data regarding self-driving technology and used that as the head of Uber’s self-driving vehicles unit.
Amidst heavy criticism, Uber responded on Thursday, clarifying that Levandowski will step aside from some of his normal duties for now until the lawsuit is settled. According to the official email sent out by the company, Levandowski will not be leaving Uber but will limit his role to software and operations.
Although the ride-hail service company declined to explain why Levandowski was stepping aside, the decision comes after US District Judge William Alsup’s warning that the evidence presented at court could lead to an injunction barring Levandowski from working on Uber’s autonomous driving project.
There is another hearing set for May 3 on which the court will decide on Waymo’s request to have an injunction placed on Uber’s self-driving program.
For what exactly is Waymo suing Uber?
Waymo is a self-driving technology company that spun off from Google. Levandowski, who worked at Google, is accused of stealing tens of thousands of confidential documents regarding Google’s self-driving technology. Levandowski quit Google in 2016 to start his own self-driving vehicles company, which was later acquired by Uber. Waymo claims that Levandowski’s stolen data were used by Uber for its self-driving technology.