Ride-Sharing Uber and Self-Driving
Car Firm Waymo Settle Legal Battle
February 12, 2018
Ride-sharing giant Uber and the self-driving car company Waymo have
agreed to settle their legal battle over allegedly stolen trade secrets.
The surprise agreement Friday came as lawyers for the companies prepared
to wrap up the first week of the case’s jury trial in San Francisco,
As part of the agreement, Uber will pay $245 million worth of its own
shares to Waymo.
Waymo sued Uber last year, saying that one of its former engineers who
later became the head of Uber’s self-driving car project took with him
thousands of confidential documents.
After the lawsuit was filed, Uber fired the employee and fell behind on
its plans to roll out self-driving cars in its ride-sharing service.
Waymo, a company hatched from Google, says the settlement also includes
an agreement that Uber cannot use Waymo confidential information in its
“We have reached an agreement with Uber that we believe will protect
Waymo’s intellectual property now and into the future. We are committed
to working with Uber to make sure that each company develops its own
technology,” Waymo said in a statement.
Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, expressed regret for the company’s
actions in a statement Friday.
we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to
Uber, nor do we believe that Uber has used any of Waymo’s proprietary
information in its self-driving technology, we are taking steps with
Waymo to ensure our Lidar and software represents just our good work,”
Khosrowshahi said in a statement.
Lidar is a laser-based system that helps self-driving cars to navigate
The trial so far included testimony from former Uber chief executive
Travis Kalanick, who denied any attempt to steal trade secrets from
Uber has faced a series of recent struggles, including public
accusations of sexual harassment at the company and accusations it used
software to thwart government regulators.