>> Uber veering into a ditch in its bitter court battle against Google's self driving car unit, Waymo. A pretrial judgment made public Monday revealing Uber likely knew, or should have known, it was in possession of self driving car trade secrets belonging to rival Waymo. According to a San Fransisco district judge who ordered any files to be promptly returned.
Those trade secrets brought to Uber by employee Anthony Levandowski the ruling says, co-founder of self-driving truck startup, Otto, which Uber bought last year. Prior to that, Levandowski worked at Waymo, where he apparently downloaded tricks of their trade while negotiating his Uber deal, the judge claims. Waymo says more than 14,000 files were stolen.
Despite bowing out of the civil proceedings by pledging the fifth, Lewandowski, now ordered by the court to steer clear of working on certain key elements of Uber's self-driving system. In a separate blow to Uber, the judge last week calling on the US Justice Department to investigate whether Lewandowski's alleged pilfering may have also been a criminal act.