San Francisco — Uber Technologies says it did not know about the alleged theft of proprietary information from Alphabet’s autonomous driving unit by an executive until Waymo filed a lawsuit in February. The ride-hailing company is seeking to refute Waymo’s claim that Uber conspired with Anthony Levandowski to download 14,000 files and steal trade secrets before he left Waymo in January 2016. "Prior to the filing of this lawsuit, no one at Uber knew that Levandowski had downloaded any Google proprietary information for any improper purpose or that he had deliberately taken any Google proprietary information with him when he left Google," according to Uber’s filing on Wednesday in San Francisco Federal Court. Waymo alleges that in 2015, Levandowski and Uber Technologies hatched a plan for him to steal thousands of proprietary files, including the designs for lidar technology that help driverless cars see their surroundings. Uber, which acquired Levandowski’s start-up, Otto, in August ...

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