Google’s Waymo driverless car division is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for what it says is the theft of one of several trade secrets.
The Mail reports that Uber Technologies Inc attorney Bill Carmody disclosed the figure in a hearing in federal court in San Francisco, where both companies are discussing whether a trial in the case will begin next month.
Waymo believes a former engineer, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving to set up a self-driving truck company, which Uber acquired soon after.
Uber has denied using any of Waymo’s trade secrets. Levandowski subsequently left the company.