Fury road: Did Uber steal the driverless future from Google?


But none of these (Uber) scandals has the potential financial impact of the one Uber has said the least about: a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.—the parent of Google and Google’s self-driving car division, now called Waymo—over driverless cars. Waymo says Uber is in possession of, and is basing the future of its business on, technology that was stolen by a former employee.

There’s no doubt that various versions of “autonomous cars” are the future. But, just like the cars we drive from dozens of different manufacturers today, I don’t think that future belongs to just one company.

  • arcsine

    Reminds me that Google stole iOS from Apple the same way to create Android. Hmmm, too bad – so sad.

  • Mo

    It mustn’t belong to just one company if consumers expect to get improvements from competition and fair pricing from it.

  • SV650

    Anti-lock Braking Systems are available on many vehicles, built and licenced by a very few other companies. It is not necessarily the auto manufacturers who will develop autonomous vehicle tech, though they will license it.

  • Jony0

    Yeah that’s pretty rich from a company who financed itself with AdWords by infringing on Overture patents for 4 years, stealing Java to create a Blackberry clone before switching to an iOS clone.