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Waymo v. Uber: Everything you need to know from day oneA legal battle over self-driving car technology is set to become of the biggest court cases in the tech industry. Here's what you need to know from the first day of the trial.
It's one of Silicon Valley's most anticipated court cases as two tech giants fight over self driving car secrets. Waymo is the self driving car division of Google's parent company Alphabet, and it's suing Uber. The trial started today in Federal Court in San Francisco. The complaint alleges a former Google employee stole 40,000 files full of trade secrets. That employee Anthony Levandowski then founded his own company that was soon acquired by Uber. Waymo first filed the suit against Uber in February 2017. Since then many The latest details about Uber's inner workings have surfaced including alleged use of self destructing messaging apps and wire tapping. If Uber wins that means they get to continue developing their self driving car program as planned. If WAYMO wins, there may be some limits on what UBER can do in a self-driving car program. In opening statements, WAYMO's lawyer said UBER's forms CEO wanted to win at all costs. He likened UBER's behavior to playing a video game, looking for so called 'cheat codes' To get to the next level. Uber's lawyer denied the allegations and said the 14,000 stolen files in question were unimportant. The he went on to compare Uber to the Golden State Warriors with how the company acquired talent like basketball star Kevin Durant. He said, quote, they thought their Kevin Durant was Anthony Levandowski. Tech heavy hitters like former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are among the witnesses that could be called during the trial. But first to testify was Waymo CEO John Krafcik who said after Levandowski quit Google, he no longer considered him a friend but an enemy. The case is expected to last three weeks.