Last year, after a $250 million settlement, the legal saga between Waymo and Uber came to a close. To ensure the ride-hailing service does not use any Alphabet tech for its self-driving cars, an “independent software expert” has been installed. Uber may now have to license or redesign his vehicles from Waymo to avoid any additional problems.
Uber sees a “final” conclusion from that expert as “adverse” to “certain functions in our autonomous vehicle software.” In 2017, Waymo charged that a startup — founded by ex-Googler Anthony Levandowski — acquired Uber had access to trade secrets and infringed key autonomous patents.
As a result, Uber has to license and design around the improvements to the Waymo tech. It is not clear whether the Alphabet division would be interested in the former plan, while the latter would take “substantial time and resources to implement.” Essentially, this could “limit or delay our production of autonomous vehicle technologies.”
The Alphabet group tells this in a statement to Reuters, “further confirm Waymo’s allegations that Uber misappropriated our software intellectual property.”