Ex-Google Employee, Anthony Levandowski, Gets A Year And A Half In Prison For Stealing Driverless Car Technology
US District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing commercial information about driverless cars from the company and then passing it on to competitors, according to Reuters.
Earlier, France Presse reported that in March, Levandowski, who worked at Google from 2009 to 2016, admitted that before leaving, he downloaded documentation on the development of technologies for driverless cars, including the creation of a radar with which such a vehicle can detect obstacles in its path and measure distances. It is noted that Levandowski headed the division that was engaged in the development of such a device.
In August last year, the Prosecutor's Office for the Northern District of California filed 33 charges against a former Google employee. According to AFP, Lewandowski confessed to only one of them in exchange for the Prosecutor's office dropping the remaining charges. The value of the stolen documents could be up to $1.5 million.
While working at Google, Levandowski founded his own company, which later became known as Otto. In 2015, he began negotiations with representatives of the US company uber Advanced Technologies, which competes with Google, to acquire Otto from him. This company was purchased by Uber in August 2016. Levandowski then became an employee of Uber and worked for It until May 2017.