WHAT IT IS
- February, 2017: Waymo, a self-driving tech company that started as a Google project, sued Uber for stealing its distance-measuring sensor technology, LiDAR.
- Waymo is now collaborating with Lyft instead.
WHY IT MATTERS
Self-driving cars are the future. This lawsuit that could shut down Uber’s self-driving program is ultimately a fight for dominance in revolutionizing the auto industry. The Waymo-Lyft partnership could change the game, but the race between Uber and Lyft is far from over.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Federal Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber should have known that engineer Anthony Levandowski had stolen the files and must remove him from his position.
- The case has been referred to the Department of Justice for further investigation on trade secret theft.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- A study predicts that 12 million self-driving vehicles would be sold per year by 2035.
- As many as 11 major companies are investing in self-driving technology.
- The use of self-driving cars by the mass would affect everything from the real estate market to financial services.