The employment of co-founder of self-driving trucking company Otto, Anthony Levandowski, has been terminated by Uber.
The New York Times reported first on Levandowski’s firing, which was made official to employees via an internal staff email circulated on Tuesday.
Levandowski, Uber’s former self-driving project engineering lead, is at the heart of an ongoing legal battle between Uber and Waymo, the Alphabet Company that resulted from Google’s self-driving car project.
Waymo accused Levandowski of hatching a plan to use trade secrets related to Waymo’s in-house development of unique LiDAR tech to kickstart Otto’s and subsequently Uber’s own self-driving technology program.
During the court proceedings, Levandowski exercised his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid providing testimony or handing over evidence regarding his use of proprietary data from his time at Google.
Uber had previously warned that Levandowski could face consequences for his lack of compliance with his employment requirements at the company.
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