Why the Uber engineer accused of stealing Waymo secrets stepped back from self-driving cars

And the plot thickens.

The Uber engineer accused of stealing trade secrets from Google’s Waymo has stepped back from working on a key technology of self-driving cars. While this could be seen as a way to appease Google and the courts, it is certainly raising some eyebrows. But what exactly is going on, what does Uber hope to achieve?

In IT Blogwatch, we go for a (rollercoaster) ride.

So what is going on? Mike Isaac has some background:

Anthony Levandowski, the Uber executive accused of stealing trade secrets from Google, is stepping aside from leading some of the company’s work on self-driving vehicles…Levandowski…has recused himself from working on Uber’s LiDAR technology…a key hardware component in the operation of any autonomous vehicle. Mr. Levandowski disclosed the change on Thursday in an internal memo.

And why is this important? Dara Kerr is in the know:

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