Uber's Due Diligence Report On Self-Driving Startup Otto Is Finally Public

Uber's Due Diligence Report On Self-Driving Startup Otto Is Finally Public

The document in question details the assets and liabilities of a startup Uber acquired in August 2016 that has become a central part of Alphabet's claims that Uber stole proprietary information.

Waymo-the self-driving auto initiative owned by Alphabet, parent company of Google-alleges that ex-employee Anthony Levandowski shared confidential intellectual property with Uber, which acquired his AI trucks start-up for $680 million in August. The judge, William Alsup, is expected to determine tomorrow whether to grant the company more time. When Stroz Friedberg investigated, no one at Shred Works recalled the transaction, although an investigator did retrieve a copy of a receipt with an illegible signature for the destruction of five disks dated a few days after Levandowski recalled that he visited.

Perhaps the most damning evidence against Levandowski is proof that he both retained and accessed Google data after he left the company.

A Waymo lawyer told Alsup last week that former Uber board member Bill Gurley was "very angry" after reading the report. This decision was appealed by Levandowski, but Alsup's decision was ultimately upheld, and a judge decided that Alphabet would receive the document on September 13.

"The Stroz Report unequivocally shows that, before it acquired his company, Uber knew Anthony Levandowski had a massive trove of confidential Waymo source code, design files, technical plans and other materials after leaving Google", said a Waymo spokesperson in a statement. The interview also revealed that Levandowski had previously transferred Google files to his personal email.

The judge overseeing the Waymo-Uber trial over allegations of the theft of trade secrets agreed to postpone the start until December 4 - but not before telling lawyers from both companies he doesn't trust any of them.

People in select areas might be able hail Waymo's self-driving cars (with no human drivers!) as soon as this fall, according to The Information.

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Stroz also found a number of confidential images on Otto co-founder Lior Ron's phone. That notwithstanding, Alphabet's lawsuit against Uber is still ongoing. Levandowski has also asserted his fifth amendment rights. Google's parent company Alphabet bosses Larry Page and Sergey Brin reportedly wanted to launch a service with no human safety drivers back in 2016 but engineers felt that it was too much of an ask from the technology at that point in time.

But Uber contends Kalanick said he insisted that Levandowski destroy any Google files he had in his possession before joining Uber and that this report is further evidence that none of the files made it to the ride-hail company.

A Waymo spokesperson told CNET that the company welcomes the court's ruling.

"Uber spun the turn of events as a validation in a statement: "[Stroz Friedberg's] report, which we are pleased is finally public, helps explain why-even after 60 hours of inspection of our facilities, source code, documents and computers-no Google material has been found at Uber". On Monday a bombshell "due diligence" report from Uber was publicly released, and it's juicy. Travis Kalanick has said are existential to the company's future.

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They suggested a mixed fleet, with cars having human safety drivers behind the wheel for longer drives or destinations that haven't been mapped by Waymo as yet. But how about all the other cars that are more than a year old?

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