Uber’s Autonomous Car Chief Steps Aside Amid Legal Trouble
It’s getting Waymo serious. Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber’s self-driving car program, announced he’ll step aside as litigation with its Alphabet-owned rival heats up. Levandowski’s at the center of a lawsuit accusing him of stealing 14,000 “highly confidential” files — particularly radar sensor technology that helps cars navigate around obstacles — while working for Waymo. Uber maintains its version is “fundamentally different” from its competitor’s technology. With a hearing scheduled for next week, a U.S. district judge will decide whether to grant Waymo’s injunction.