The Latest: Ex-Uber CEO saw Google founder as a ‘brother’
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the court fight between Google spin Waymo and ride-hailing service Uber (all times local):
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he regarded Google co-founder Larry Page as a “big brother” before the relationship between their two companies soured.
Kalanick spoke Wednesday during testimony in a trial pitting Uber’s ride-hailing service against Google’s self-driving car spinoff, Waymo.
When Google made a large investment in Uber in 2013, Kalanick said it seemed likely Uber would deploy Google’s robotic cars in its ride-hailing service.
But it later became apparent to Kalanick that Google intended to launch its own ride-hailing service.
Kalanick says that threat led Uber to buy a startup founded by a former Google engineer in 2016. That deal triggered Waymo’s allegations that Uber had stolen its trade secrets to help build its self-driving cars.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is back in a San Francisco courtroom to answer questions about discussions he had with an engineer who is accused of stealing Google’s self-driving car technology.
Wednesday is Kalanick’s second day of testimony in a trial centered on allegations that he conspired with former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to rip off Google’s self-driving car project, while Uber was attempting build its own robotic vehicles.
Google’s project is now called Waymo.
A Waymo lawyer confronted Kalanick with several texts between the two in an attempt to prove they would go to extremes for a competitive edge.
In one text, Kalanick agreed with Levandowski’s comment that “second place is first loser.” Another text referenced a line from the movie “Wall Street” proclaiming that, “Greed is good.”