Tesla threw some shade at Uber in a lawsuit it submitted Thursday.
The lawsuit alone really has absolutely nothing to do with Uber. In the fit, Tesla accused its previous Autopilot director Sterling Anderson of taking business knowledge to use for a competing self-driving-vehicle business, Aurora Innovation. The lawsuit also names Chris Urmson, the previous tech lead of Google’s self-driving-vehicle unit, as a defendant, calling him Sterling’s business enterprise partner at Aurora.
But although detailing Anderson’s motive for starting the business, Tesla took a shot at both Uber and Common Motors. Just after creating Tesla Autopilot as a leader in the self-driving-vehicle area, the lawsuit reads:
“In their zeal to play catch-up, regular automakers have designed a get-loaded-quick ecosystem. Small groups of programmers with little much more than demoware have been purchased for as a lot as a billion bucks. Cruise Automation, a 40-individual firm, was purchased by Common Motors in July 2016 for practically $ 1 billion. In August 2016, Uber acquired Otto, another self-driving startup that experienced been founded only 7 months before, in a offer worthy of much more than $680 million.”
Tesla’s lawsuit alleges that Anderson and Urmson begun the business knowing their qualifications could possibly make it an interesting applicant for an acquisition by a big business — even if their solution won’t warrant it.
Uber and GM both declined to comment for this story.
Anthony Levandowski, a co-founder of Google’s self-driving-vehicle unit, still left the tech huge to start Otto, a self-driving truck startup. Uber obtained Otto for $680 million in inventory with the arrangement it would give the startup twenty% of its trucking revenue in August of final year, Recode documented.
GM reportedly dropped a ton of cash on Cruise Automation, paying out much more than $1 billion, in income and inventory combined, in March of final year. Right before staying purchased by GM, Cruise Automation was a self-driving-vehicle startup based in San Francisco that was founded in 2013.