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Waymo and Uber settle trade secrets dispute, Uber CEO expresses 'regret'

Uber agreed to pay equity valued at about $245 million as part of the deal between the rival technology companies



Alphabet Inc's self-driving vehicle unit and ride-hailing firm Technologies Inc settled a bitter legal dispute, allowing Uber's new chief executive to move past one of the company's many public controversies. The settlement announcement was made just before the fifth day of testimony was about to begin at a jury trial in San Francisco federal court. agreed to pay equity valued at about $245 million as part of the deal between the companies, a representative said.

The settlement also includes an agreement "to ensure that any confidential information is not being incorporated inUber Advanced Technologies Group hardware and software," a representative said. CEO expressed "regret" for the company's actions. "While we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from to Uber, nor do we believe that has used any of Waymo’s proprietary information in its self-driving technology, we are taking steps with to ensure our Lidar and software represents just our good work," Khosrowshahi said in a statement. The settlement allows Khosrowshahi to put another scandal behind the company after the tumultuous leadership of the firm by former CEO Travis Kalanick, who testified at the trial on Tuesday and Wednesday. had previously estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion, which Uberrejected. Waymo's lawsuit said that one of the company's former engineers, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files containing designs for autonomous vehicles in December 2015 before he went on to work at in 2016, leading the ride-hailing firm's self-driving car unit. The case had hinged on whether used the trade secrets to further its autonomous vehicle programme. Levandowski has never publicly addressed the allegations of taking the documents and law enforcement has not charged anyone with their theft. Levandowski was not a defendant in the case. Autonomous cars offer a multi-billion-dollar opportunity to remake transportation, and including Apple Inc, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, and scores of startups are competing to develop the technology. In Kalanick's second day of trial testimony, sought to portray him as so eager to improve Uber's lagging business that he did a deal with Levandowski without properly assessing the risks.

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:02 IST