>> The beleaguered billionaire Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick back in the spotlight, this time in court. Kalanick, who was fired by Uber in June of last year, on Tuesday testified at the San Francisco federal court where Waymo, the Google self-driving car company is suing Uber for stealing trade secrets in a trial that's gripped Silicon Valley.
Reuters legal correspondent Dan Levine was there.>> They called Kalanick about an hour before the session was done for the day. He was subdued, he wasn't his normal pugnacious self. He did not get argumentative with Waymo's lawyers. It was only Waymo's lawyers who questioned him today. And he talked about how self-driving car technology was existential for Uber.
He acknowledged that he felt that Uber was behind in the race with competitors to bring a self-driving car to market and that laser is the kind that were developed by Anthony Levandowski were really key to that effort.>> Anthony Levandowski is a star engineer in the self-driving tech world.
Waymo sued Uber almost a year ago saying he downloaded over 14,000 confidential files, including designs for autonomous vehicles before he left Waymo to lead Uber self-driving car unit in 2016.>> The theme of Waymo's case is that Uber acted out of greed, that they were falling behind in the race for self driving cars, and that they needed to jumpstart the competition.
And they decided to do it illegally instead of honestly. And so with Kalanick they're trying to use his words, internal documents statements that he's made to try to portray him as the type of leader that would sanction that kind of behavior.>> Kalanick's personality and the culture he built up at Uber was under intense scrutiny last year.
The company struggled with a sexual misconduct allegation that critics say wasn't handled properly, a data breach that was kept under wraps, and even a video that went viral of Kalanick berating an Uber driver. In the end, Kalanick was forced to step down from the CEO position.