Uber goes to court…again, against Google’s Alphabet

In this Friday, May 26, 2017 photo, a man exits the Uber offices in Austin, Texas. Uber and Lyft, the ride-hailing company giants who left Texas’s capital city in a huff a year ago over local fingerprint requirements for drivers, are set to return after state lawmakers stepped in. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

By: Jason Middleton

The course of self-driving automotive technology is going to get a big sign-post soon, in the form of a judicial precedent.

Alphabet’s self-driving division, Waymo, and Uber, the successful ride-share company that often can’t shoot straight, are facing off in a courtroom, beginning Feb. 5.

Waymo claims that Uber not only poached one of its engineers, but that that same engineer poached, oh, about 14,000 documents. And these weren’t lunch orders. Waymo alleges these were foundational tech specs that could get Uber up and running with its own self-driving division, and swiftly!

Uber says, no way San Jose, we were just doing business as usual (which, in fairness given Uber’s history, may not be the best foot to put forward, but …).

We bring you a preview of the trial, with Mike Swift, chief digital risk correspondent for MLex and tech journalist. Listen below!


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