It's not unusual for technology companies to go after each other's engineers and employees in an effort to try and get a leg up on their competition. This is especially the case within the autonomous vehicle industry. Just last year Zoox, a startup company focused on self-driving technology, made the news after hiring on 17 engineers from Apple's own self-driving company.
Zoox is working on self-driving car technology that is expected to be used for autonomous shuttle service. The startup is building its own bi-directional autonomous vehicle for its service.
According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Tesla alleges in one of the suits that former employees Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craig Emigh — "absconded with select proprietary Tesla documents useful to their new employer, and at least one of them used Tesla's confidential information to target other Tesla employees for hiring by Zoox."
Tesla declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Tesla accused the four Zoox employees of taking information related to its "WARP" system, Tesla's internal software it uses to manage its manufacturing, warehousing, inventory, distribution and transportation.
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