Jul 11, 2018

Apple employee 'stole driverless car secrets'

A former Apple employee has been accused of stealing the company's self-driving car secrets and trying to flee to China with them. Xiaolang Zhang worked on Apple's driverless car project but allegedly planned to move to Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Xiaopeng Motors, the company says in court documents. According to the court documents, Mr Zhang was hired in 2015 to develop software and hardware for Apple's autonomous vehicle project. The supervisor informed Apple's security team, which found that Zhang had downloaded "Copious pages of information" from secret databases and had taken hardware from its autonomous vehicle lab, the court documents allege. Mr Zhang is accused of downloading a 25-page "Blueprint" for a self-driving car circuit board to his personal computer.

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