>> Google is going after competitor Uber, claiming the ride services company has stolen its trade secrets. I'm Reuters correspondent Alexandria Sage in San Francisco. Google has been at self-driving car technology for a long time, over seven years. Last year we heard of a company called Otto, cofounded by two former Google employees.
Their quick ramp-up to develop sophisticated sensor technology started raising questions in Google's mind. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, Google claims that one of the co-founders of Otto downloaded sensitive confidential Google information before starting his own company, which was then acquired by Uber. Google is an investor in Uber, so one of the big questions remaining is how Google possibly tried to avoid this lawsuit, trying to work with the car services company.
Google's lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar lawsuit filed by Tesla. In that claim, Tesla also claimed that a former executive took sensitive, confidential information from Tesla and brought it to his new company. Both cases underscore how important it is for companies to retain their trade secrets in this highly competitive sector of self-driving cars.