NEW YORK, July 12th. / Tass /. A former employee of Tesla admitted that he had downloaded files relating to the autopilot system of electric cars produced by it. This was announced by the Internet portal The Verge.
As follows from documents received earlier this week in court in the Northern District of California, we are talking about a former Tesla specialist named Cao Guangzhi. In March of this year, the company filed a lawsuit against Cao Guangzhi, accusing him of transferring her technology regarding autopilot operations to the American division of the Chinese company Xiaopeng Motors. She also develops electric cars.
Cao Guangzhi admitted that he downloaded the data at the end of 2018 when he worked at Tesla. However, he insists that he completely deleted all this information and did not transfer it to Xiaopeng Motors. Currently, he heads the department in this company, specializing in the development of an electronic assistant for driving a car.
Tesla has formally requested information from Apple within this trial. Although she is not a party to this dispute, one of her former employees was also accused of stealing data representing a commercial secret and transferring them to Xiaopeng Motors. Tesla expects to receive information relating to this employee, including his electronic correspondence.
Representatives of Xiaopeng Motors said they did not know of any violations by their employees who came to the company from Tesla or Apple.
The development of autopilot technology is a promising direction for the development of the automotive industry. A number of technology companies are trying to create reliable and safe cars without a driver that could be used in the United States on a massive scale. In addition to Tesla and Xiaopeng Motors, including the Volkswagen Group of America, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Ford and others. In several US states, these machines are already experiencing.