Feb 6, 2018

Uber boss takes stand at driverless trial

Ex-Uber boss Travis Kalanick has taken the stand at a trial accusing his former firm of stealing driverless car technology from Google's Waymo. Lawyers showed the jury an Uber visitor pass and notes, supposedly from the meeting, that contained the phrase "Laser is the sauce" - a reference to the technology that was allegedly stolen - and meaning that Uber considered this critical to self-driving technology. Mr Kalanick resigned as chief executive of Uber in June, following pressure from shareholders, but he remains on Uber's board. The trial has provided another look at his win-at-all-costs attitude, which has been part-blamed for the troubles Uber experienced in recent years - from sexual harassment claims to court cases about the rights of its workers, regular clashes with city regulators and issues about how the firm looked after users' data. Alphabet's case hinges on the fact that Uber hired Mr Levandowski, who had worked in the firm's self-driving car division.

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