Larry Page is the CEO of Alphabet, and he was forced into the legal drama surrounding self-driving cars, Uber and Google. Uber’s lawyers who took care of the lawsuit are wondering whether Larry Page had anything to do with the self-driving car case. Some may say that Page might have significant information regarding this case.
Larry Page was involved in Uber’s self-driving car case
Moreover, rumor has it that Page might have had a talk with Anthony Levandowski, an autonomous car pioneer who was accused of using the technology he worked on while at Google to bring it to Uber and implemented here. Uber’s lawyers need to ask Page about his connection with Levandowski, his former employee.
On April 25, Arturo Gonzalez, Uber’s attorney, argued that Page knew that Levandowski had taken about 14,000 files and documents with significant data from Google when he left. Despite the fact he was aware that all this, Page avoided reaching this topic when talking to Levandowski. What is more, he did not mention this critical info to Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, when they met in October.
Page knew about Levandowski’s plans when he left Google
Uber also pointed out that Page was already aware of the fact that Levandowski was considering his option and he wanted to join Uber even before Uber purchased Otto, an autonomous truck startup cofounded by Levandowski. If all this data is true, then the information revealed could undermine the claims made by Google regarding Levandowski;s decision and the fact that he acted in bad faith.
However, Page will most likely avoid making any comments now that he knows that Uber’s lawyers are watching him after revealing his connection with Levandowski. Waymo’s lawyers, the autonomous car spin out of Google, claimed that Gonzalez’s sayings about Page’s conversation with Levandowski are not true. On April 25, Waymo’s lawyers stated in court that Gonzalez made up everything.
Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley was distrustful about the fact that Uber needed to force Page to make some under oath declarations about his conversations since Uber failed to bring enough evidence about the existence of these talks. Nevertheless, Page will need to answer the question about whether or not he had those talks with Levandowski.
The next week will surely be vital for both Google and Uber involved in this self-driving car case that makes these tech giants turn against each other.
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