Published On: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017

Uber discloses sum of Travis Kalanick’s deposition in Waymo lawsuit


Uber unblocked former CEO Travis Kalanick’s deposition in a Uber contra Waymo self-driving automobile record box over a weekend. Kalanick, who was deposed for some-more than 6 hours final month, spoke about when he schooled that Anthony Levandowski, who before worked during Google, downloaded papers associated self-driving technology.

“The deposition nonetheless again confirms that Uber was focused on building a record from a belligerent up. Uber never wanted any Google material, and took stairs to forestall any such component from ever entrance to Uber,” an Uber orator told TechCrunch.

Waymo’s fit alleges Uber knew about these papers during a time when Uber acquired Levandowski’s self-driving trucking startup Otto. In Kalanick’s deposition, he says he did not have any believe of a papers until shortly Waymo initial filed a censure in February.

“I was flattering critical with him about creation certain that these files had not and will not make it to Uber,” Kalanick pronounced in his deposition. He went on to contend that, “And we wanted to make it positively transparent that no files of any kind from anybody’s prior employer make it to Uber.”

While Levandowski was still employed during Uber, Kalanick during one indicate directly asked him if any of a files done it to Uber, to that Levandowski pronounced no.

In his deposition, Kalanick pronounced Levandowski was awaiting a reward during Google and downloaded a papers to make certain he’d get that bonus. The deposition, that is scarcely 200 pages long, also touches on either or not Kalanick suspicion what Levandowski was “improper.” Kalanick pronounced yes, to that he was afterwards asked because he didn’t glow Levandowski during that point.

“I was unequivocally carefree that he would concur and tell a Court a contribution of a matter, concur with a investigation,” he said. “And that was partial of what this contention was about, was usually make a declaration, testify. And it might be that we was holding onto that possibility, perplexing to — perplexing to get him to concur with a Court, with a review internally. And we know, it was F’ing stupid. It was — it — it — yeah. It it usually felt like if he could — if he could usually contend what he did and why, and that — if we usually cooperate, a would be great.”

Levandowski, of course, has not cooperated. He really early on in a box invoked his Fifth Amendment rights opposite self-incrimination.

Another pivotal component of this box is Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who was clearly confused in his deposition final month. In Kalanick’s deposition, he describes a call between him and Page from Oct 2016. According to Kalanick, they spoke about drifting cars as good as driverless cars and intensity partnership opportunities. Page was not really meddlesome in partnering on self-driving tech, Kalanick pronounced in his deposition.

“He — he was — he was dissapoint about what he — what he kept articulate about was us holding his IP,” Kalanick said. Page “kept saying” that Uber had taken Google’s egghead property, Kalanick said. “And we kept responding and revelation him that employing his people was not holding his IP.”

Kalanick went on to report that it felt like he and Page “didn’t know any other” and that Page wouldn’t explain what his accurate emanate was.

“I told him, we will open adult a trickery if we consider we have taken IP,” Kalanick said. “Like, come take a look. We will have your people take a look. We will puncture low and make sure. But we were really assured about a routine of merger and a routine we have in employing people.”

Update with criticism from a Waymo spokesperson:

“This deposition confirms a series of points Waymo has been creation given we filed this case, including not usually that Mr. Levandowski improperly downloaded files from Waymo though that he had plenty event to inject Waymo’s trade secrets into Uber’s technology, given he actively suggested Uber engineers on LiDAR pattern even good before he ran Uber’s unconstrained pushing program. Waymo has poignant and approach justification that Uber is regulating stolen Waymo trade secrets and we demeanour brazen to presenting that justification during trial.”

You can review a full deposition below.

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