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Poaching Waymo Leader Zhang Yimeng and Another Half Year for Pony.ai - Google Docs
She said that Waymo is indeed very far ahead in the autonomous driving field, but it is not flawless. In terms of technological pursuits, because of Waymo’s early start, there are some historical burdens in terms of technology that are difficult to avoid.

The scale of the company is large, and it is inevitable that the development process cannot balance speed and flexibility.

Most importantly, there is also the China factor. This girl from the northeast (of China), though she has always been s...
chinai  waymo 
18 days ago by elrob
Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? | The New Yorker
Silicon Valley was built on job-hopping. But when a leader of Google’s self-driving-car unit joined Uber, Google filed suit. Now the Feds are on the case.
Uber  Waymo  intellectualproperty  SiliconValley  AnthonyLevandowski  NewYorker  2018 
27 days ago by inspiral
Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology | Ars Technica
In March, an examiner noted that a re-drawn diagram of Waymo's lidar firing circuit showed current passing along a wire between the circuit and the ground in two directions—something generally deemed impossible
lidar  patents  waymo  uber  nonsense  ovum 
29 days ago by yorksranter
Did Uber steal Google’s intellectual property? • The New Yorker
Charles Duhigg:
<p>After [the former DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving vehicles participant, Anthony] Levandowski arrived at Google, his plan was to send out hundreds of cars, equipped with cameras, to photograph America’s roads. Then he encountered Google’s bureaucracy.

The company was less than a decade old, but it had almost seventeen thousand employees, including a thick layer of middle managers. Levandowski recently told me, “One of the reasons they wanted us was because Larry Page knew we were scrappy—we would cut through red tape.” Page, Google’s co-founder and chief executive, often complained that the company had become bloated, and had lost the hacker mentality that had fuelled its initial success. By the time Levandowski arrived, Google’s apparatchiks were in ascent.

“Hiring could take months,” Levandowski told me. “There was a program called WorkforceLogic, and just getting people into the system was super-complicated. And so, one day, I put ads on Craigslist looking for drivers, and basically hired anyone who seemed competent, and then paid them out of my own pocket. It became known as AnthonyforceLogic.” Around this time, Levandowski went to an auto dealership and bought more than a hundred cars. One of his managers from that period told me, “When we got his expense report, it was equal to something like all the travel expenses of every other Google employee in his division combined. The accountants were, like, ‘What the hell?’ But Larry said, ‘Pay it,’ and so we did. Larry wanted people who could ignore obstacles and could show everyone that you could do something that seemed impossible if you looked for work-arounds.”

Levandowski and his team were asked to map a million miles of U.S. roads within a year. They finished in nine months, and then set up an enormous office in Hyderabad, India, to begin mapping every street on earth.</p>

This isn't the heart of the story - this is back in 2007 - but it illustrates something pertinent about both Levandowski and Page, particularly the latter: he'll forgive if you get the results.

It also goes into Silicon Valley's culture, which it says is built on one big idea: betrayal.
google  uber  ethics  waymo 
4 weeks ago by charlesarthur
The Engineer In The Google Vs. Uber 'Stolen Tech' Case Might Be An Evil Genius
Anthony Levandowski is the key player in the unfolding legal fight between his former employer, Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo, and Uber, where he now runs the startup’s self-driving program. To put it lightly, the case has shown the dude has some seriously deep—but, crucially, alleged—conflicts of interest. The latest court documents filed this week by Uber to try and move the case to arbitration rather than a trial add another layer of questions to the story. But the documents only seemed to make his actions in leaving Google for Uber even more suspicious.
waymo  people 
4 weeks ago by lehmannro

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