Published On: Wed, Feb 7th, 2018

In an swap star Lyft might have bought Otto


The Uber vs. Waymo hearing took a spin for a a uncanny currently when testimony suggested that Otto, a association whose merger is during a core of this lawsuit, was interesting bids from other suitors.

For a bit of background, Otto is a self-driving lorry association that Anthony Levandowski co-founded with Lior Ron. Both group formerly worked during Google/Alphabet/Waymo — Levandowski on unconstrained vehicles (first during Google X, a company’s moonshot division, and afterwards during Waymo, that was spun out as an eccentric auxiliary business of Alphabet, Google’s holding company) and Ron during Google Maps.

During proceedings, Ron, Otto’s co-founder with Levandowski suggested that a association was not usually in merger negotiations with Uber — that eventually acquired a association (the eventuality that triggered this lawsuit) — though was also interesting bids from Uber’s arch aspirant in a U.S. Lyft.

There’re no sum on how distant along that contention went with Lyft, though in some swap universe, there’s a universe where Otto was acquired by Lyft — and this lawsuit might never have happened.

In that world, Waymo’s lawyers would be potentially battling it out with Lyft attorneys over a merger — and Alphabet could have spent the $1 billion doubling down on Uber’s efforts in ride-sharing.

 

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