Judge Blocks Top Uber Engineer From Working on Key Self-Driving Technology Amid Battle with Alphabet

Uber will be able to continue working on its self-driving car technology, the judge said, but embattled engineer Anthony Levandowski must be removed from any work relating to a key technology called LIDAR, which helps cars “see.”

“The evidence indicates that, during the acquisition, Uber likely knew or at least should have known that Levandowski had taken and retained possession of Waymo’s confidential files,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francsico wrote. “Waymo has also sufficiently shown … that the 14,000-plus purloined files likely contain at least some trade secrets.”