Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of ride-hailing app Uber, let out some laughs, reminisced about old colleagues, and shared his awe over flying cars during several hours of questioning in a San Francisco courtroom this week.
Quick overview: Kalanick is one of many witnesses in the trial over autonomous vehicle technology that Waymo, a driverless-car company spun out from Google, accuses Uber of stealing.
Waymo alleges that a former engineer who worked for the company, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded 14,000 files of proprietary information that he later brought to Uber’s self-driving team.
Uber is accused of using what Waymo considers secret information, including research about LIDAR, a laser and sensor technology that helps cars navigate on their own. Levandowski’s own self-driving truck company, Otto, was suspiciously acquired by Uber shortly after he left Google’s autonomous vehicle project. Read more…