Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming the company made illegal use of 14,000 documents Levandowski stole from company computers while he was a Waymo employee. Levandowski's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the same order, Levandowski was also banned from working on research related to LIDAR, a critical component of Uber's self-driving technology. But it seems likely this has been coming for a long, long time, especially as Uber's self-driving auto has faced technical troubles as well as legal ones.
The company's letter to Levandowski states that he "represented and warranted" in his employment agreement that he has returned or destroyed all property and confidential information from any previous employer. In the NY magazine profile, telling his coworkers he was glad that Uber didn't have "the first death" due to self-driving vehicles. "Footnote 9 of the Order specifically states that 'in complying with this order, Uber has no excuse under the Fifth Amendment to pull any punches as to Levandowski'". Uber wants to develop a fleet of self-driving cars so its service eventually won't have to rely on people to pick up passengers. That same day, the company had started taking passengers in its self-driving cars despite lacking a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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Levandowski has refused to turn over the documents to anyone, or his computer for inspection, citing a 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. And now, a day after an embarrassing new profile arrived in NY magazine, the company has yet another firing to deal with, this time its key engineer for its self driving vehicle.
An Uber spokeswoman said the company fired Mr. Levandowski when he missed a deadline Uber set after pressing him to assist its investigation for months.