Uber self-driving car chief stepping away from leadership role
Anthony Levandowski, the controversial chief of Uber’s self-driving car project, is reportedly stepping away from the leadership role due to a lawsuit filed by Google’s autonomous car unit Waymo.
Levandowski announced that he was stepping away from the leadership role and would no longer be working on projects related to LiDAR technology and will instead concentrate on security and safety.
Announcing his decision, he added, “Making this organizational change means I will have absolutely no oversight over or input into our LiDAR work. Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads related to LiDAR, or ask me for advice on the topic.”
Waymo’s lawsuit alleges that Levandowski, who played a key role in Waymo’s success in developing the autonomous car technology, stole thousands of technical files from its servers and left the company.
Levandowski later founded his own autonomous truck business called Otto, which was later acquired by ride-hailing firm Uber. The Google subsidiary alleges that Uber’s autonomous cars are based on its stolen technology.