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Uber Exec Can No Longer Work On Self-Driving Tech, Judge Orders


A federal court has ordered an Uber executive to stop working on the company’s light detection and ranging systems, aka Lidar, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. Uber’s Anthony Levandowski is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Waymo, which alleges Levandowski used Google’s self-driving technology to form Uber’s Otto, a self-driving truck company. Levandowski previously worked at Google and left to form Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.

The order was a part of a Thursday ruling, but details did not come to light until Monday. This ruling did not bar Uber from developing its self-driving technology. Waymo also received expedited discovery. The Thursday order also included a recommendation to federal prosecutors to review the case and denied Uber’s motion for private arbitration. A trial is expected for October.