According to an article in BizJournal, hiring former Google star engineer Anthony Levandowski and his team had the potential to save Uber “at least a year” in the race to develop self-driving cars, according to an internal Uber email unsealed in court Thursday in the high-profile lawsuit between the companies.
An internal email from an a top executive at Uber Technologies unsealed this week in a trade secret case brought by Google says that hiring a star engineer could save the company as much as a year on development of its self-driving program.
The email was written by Uber's director of its Advanced Technologies Center, John Bares, and is now part of the evidence Google's Waymo unit is presenting in a trade secrets case centered around the hiring of its former engineer, Anthony Levandowski.
“Anthony and his close team have developed several generations of mid- and long-range laser that we now believe is critical to AV autonomy (day and night),” wrote John Bares in the email, which a Waymo attorney read into the record on instructions from the judge. “Not only do they have several generations of experience but also know how to improve on the next-gen devices that they would build for us. We have yet to find anyone else in the world with this know-how.”