Former Uber CEO Kalanick says relationship with 'big brother' Google soured

Travis Kalanick addresses a gathering at an event in New Delhi India

Travis Kalanick addresses a gathering at an event in New Delhi India

He's scheduled to appear in court when the trial reopens around 7:30 a.m.

Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving auto project, alleges a former Google engineer stole confidential files and brought them to Uber.

Waymo alleges Levandowski downloaded the confidential files a month before leaving to start self-driving truck company Otto, which was quickly acquired by Uber, putting Levandowski in charge of Uber's autonomous auto division. He agreed with Verhoeven that Waymo had the lead in self-driving, which he viewed as an existential threat to Uber's future.

The lawsuit has already produced internal documents and sworn testimony that exposed spying programs and other shady tactics deployed by Uber to expand its business. Refresh this page for updates. Considered one of the key events at the trial, his early testimony was largely devoid of fireworks.

It's been a tough morning so far for Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick, who faced a second day of grilling from Waymo's attorneys about his efforts to compete against Google's self-driving auto program. In turn, he said he made a decision to begin his own autonomous vehicle unit, acquiring a team from Carnegie Mellon University in the spring of 2015.

Kalanick also acknowledged that he signed documents authorising Uber to indemnify Levandowski against any claims from Google over misappropriated technology, but said he did not read the papers. When directly asked to reflect on the correspondence by Waymo's lawyers, Mr. Kalanick said he doesn't remember whether he was pressuring Uber's attorneys working on the Otto deal enough to warrant such analogies.

Uber sought to block the showing of the clip on the ground that there was no proof that Kalanick clicked on the link. That, in turn, lead the company to pursue autonomous driving much more quickly, which enraged Google co-founder Larry Page.

Kalanick didn't deny any of the exchanges, although he didn't recall some of them.

By contrast, Uber attempted to show that Kalanick didn't orchestrate the misappropriation of trade secrets in any way. Uber is doing this ride share thing.

Kalanick laughed when the Waymo attorney jogged his memory and asked if the former CEO called Levandowski "a brother from another mother". Verhoeven on Tuesday presented emails, interview transcripts and meeting minutes that showed Uber's efforts to do anything to win.

It states that Levandowski had five discs of Google data, but the engineer told investigators he destroyed them.

Another point of question was the fact that Kalanick was in the room during an April 2016 presentation to Uber's board when it approved the acquisition of Levandowski's Ottomotto.

Kalanick's memory of events around the Otto acquisition was very hazy under questioning by Waymo, and there were a handful of times where what he said on the stand contradicted the words of his deposition in July 2017.

Kalanick was pressured by investors to step down as CEO a month after Levandowski's firing, partly because of concerns about Waymo's lawsuit.

'We created a situation where he felt he started a company and I felt like I hired him'.

"You literally have to invent things that don't exist yet", he said. Waymo said engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files in December 2015 containing designs for autonomous vehicles before he went on to lead Uber's self-driving auto unit in 2016.

"It's not as great as we had thought at the beginning", he said.

"The central issue in this case remains whether or not Uber misappropriated Waymo's trade secrets, not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation", Alsup wrote in one of his final orders leading up to the trial.

Kalanick said he promised Levandowski and his team almost $600 million in incentive payments if they met certain technical milestones with the development of self-driving vehicle systems.

When Google's venture capital arm invested $258 million into Uber in 2013, Kalanick didn't see the two companies as being competitive, since Google was working on autonomous vehicles and Uber was working on ride-sharing.

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