SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Latest on the court fight between Google spin-off Waymo and Uber (all times local):
Lawyers for Google spin-off Waymo are depicting Uber as a conniving company that relied on stolen trade secrets to catch up in the race to build self-driving cars. Uber’s attorneys are brushing off the allegations as trumped-up claims designed to thwart a rival.
FILE – This Wednesday, March 1, 2017, file photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A trial opening Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in San Francisco federal court comes nearly a year after Google spin-off Waymo accused Uber of ripping off its self-driving car technology after paying $680 million for a startup run by a former Google engineer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
The dueling arguments were presented Monday in the opening statements of a high-profile court fight between the two companies.
Waymo sued Uber nearly a year ago, charging it with building a fleet of self-driving cars with technology stolen by former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who joined Uber in 2016.
Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoeven likens Uber and its former CEO, Travis Kalanick, to Rosie Ruiz, a runner who cheated to win the women’s Boston Marathon in 1980.
Uber lawyer William Carmody highlights internal documents showing that Google hoped to use its self-driving cars to lure business away from Uber.
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A google play gift card-bred pioneer in self-driving cars and Uber’s beleaguered ride-hailing service are colliding in a courtroom showdown revolving around allegations of deceit, betrayal, espionage and a high-tech heist that tore apart one-time allies.
The trial opening Monday in San Francisco federal court comes nearly a year after Google spin-off Waymo accused Uber of ripping off its self-driving car technology after paying $680 million for a startup run by a former Google engineer.
Google was also an early investor in Uber, a relationship that later soured. Google’s parent company Alphabet also owns Waymo.
The courtroom drama features an intriguing cast of characters, including former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google co-founder Larry Page.
The civil case already triggered an ongoing criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.