Lyft has officially objected Uber's attempt to drag it into the trade-secrets fight with Waymo two days after Lyft and the Alphabet Inc. unit announced an autonomous driving partnership.
The company has claimed in a recent filing in San Francisco federal court that Uber has demanded confidential information about “expansive and irrelevant topics” including an analysis of Lyft as a potential acquisition target by Waymo.
Uber is using the trade secrets lawsuit brought by Waymo over self-driving technology “as an improper vehicle to extract competitive intelligence from its rival Lyft in the ride-sharing business,” according to the filing.
According to Bloomberg Technology, Uber spokesman Matt Kallman didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the filing.
Waymo has filed suit against Uber, claiming that in 2015, its former driverless car engineer Anthony Levandowski and Uber devised a plan for him to steal more than 14,000 proprietary files, including the designs for lidar technology that helps driverless cars see their surroundings. Uber denies the claims.