Ex-Uber Self-Driving Head Declares Bankruptcy After $179 Million Loss To Google


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, Anthony Levandowski, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, shortly after a court confirmed that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a legal battle over his split from the Alphabet Inc unit.

Levandowski, who had been a key engineer in Google’s self-driving project, and colleague Lior Ron engaged in unfair competition and breached their legal obligations by starting a rival company and bringing over Google employees, an arbitration panel ruled in December.