Uber has aborted the employment of Anthony Levandowski, the co-founder of self-driving trucking companionship Otto and Ubers onetime self-driving campaign engineering lead-in. The New York Times reported firstly on Levandowskis firing, which was made official to works via an internal organization email flowed on Tuesday.
Levandowski is at the heart of an ongoing legal combat between Uber and Waymo, the Alphabet company that resulted from Googles self-driving vehicle campaign. Waymo alleged Levandowski of incubating a plan to use trade secrets related to Waymos in-house development of unique LiDAR tech to kickstart Ottos and subsequently Ubers own self-driving technology program.
During the court proceedings, Levandowski exercised his Fifth Amendment freedoms to bypas specifying testament or handing over attest involving his use of proprietary data from his time at Google. Uber had previously was indicated that Levandowski could face repercussions for his lack of compliance with his employment requirementsat the company.
Uber showed via a spokesperson that Levandowski was terminated following months of the company attempting to have him comply with and assist its own internal investigation into the matter, and had defined a clear deadline for him to do so. Uber too noted that Eric Meyhofer, who stepped in when Levandowski was removed from his role passing ATG in April, will continue to lead the team and take over Levandowskis direct reports.