This lawsuit, reports The New York Times, shows how important autonomous vehicles are to the tech sector. The future will be driverless.
If Uber succeeds in developing this technology then it won't have to put up with the demands of its drivers. Major employment lawsuits had been filed by them. Levandowski is a big brandname in the autonomous vehicle niche.
The complaint contends that Levandowski poached the intellectual property from his startup Otto which he had sold to Google. He then worked for Google for a number of years.
This legal development is not the only challenge for Uber. It defied state regulators in California and did a trial run of an Uber driverless car on the streets of San Francisco. That robotic device, in which there had been a human inside, did run a red light.
For those who are flocking to the high-demand field of truck driving they should be aware that Levandowski is also an expert on the autonomous trucks. Currently, that is one career path in which, after about eight weeks of training and a year's experience, a nice middle-class salary can be earned.
As employment law expert, Richard Cohen notes in Abovethelaw, the over-50 have been able to bypass age bias and land jobs in trucking. Sure, it's a low skill niche and perhaps a status come-down for former professionals, but it brings in income. Once the driverless truck becomes an operational reality, the aging workforce loses another well-paying option.
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