In trade-secrets trial, subdued Travis Kalanick says Uber trailed in self-driving cars

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By: Reuters | San Francisco |
Published: February 7, 2018 1:46 pm


The ride-hailing firm’s co-founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick testified for less than an hour and will be questioned further on Wednesday by lawyers for Waymo. (File Photo)

Former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick testified at a trial over technology trade secrets on Tuesday that delays in Uber’s self-driving car development led him to hire a star engineer from rival Waymo as part of attempts to catch up with competitors.

Kalanick, known to be hard-charging and combative in his work, spoke softly on the witness stand in San Francisco federal court and avoided becoming argumentative in front of the jury in what were his first public comments on allegations by Waymo that Uber stole its self-driving car technology. The ride-hailing firm’s co-founder, Kalanick…

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