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Google’s self-driving car company escalates battle with Uber

By on March 10, 2017

The Waymo driverless car is displayed during a Google event, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo. The new identity announced Tuesday marks another step in an effort to revolutionize the way people get around. Instead of driving themselves, people will be chauffeured in robot-controlled vehicles if Waymo, automakers and ride-hailing service Uber realize their vision within the next few years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Waymo driverless car is displayed during a Google event, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support its allegations that a former manager stole technology that Uber bought to help build robot-powered vehicles for its ride-hailing service.

Waymo, a project hatched by Google, wove its tale of deceit in sworn statements filed Friday in a San Francisco federal court.

It’s the latest salvo in a battle that started last month when Waymo accused former manager Anthony Levandowski of heisting its trade secrets before he left the company last year.

Levandowski then started a self-driving truck company called Otto that Uber bought for $680 million.

In a sworn statement, one of Levandowski’s former colleagues said Levandowski confided that he planned to “replicate” Waymo’s technology just before he left to start Otto.

Uber denies Waymo’s allegations.

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