Uber’s driverless boss pleads the 5th

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

Uber’s driverless car boss is to plead the 5th Amendment in the case brought by Google to establish that he stole Google’s technology.

Pleading the 5th in the US is not seen as a sign of innocence.

Uber’s driverless boss, Anthony Levandowski, used to work for Google’s driverless car project and is
alleged to have downloaded 14,000 documents representing 9.7GB of data about Google’s technology before leaving Google to found Otto, a driverless truck company later acquired by Uber.

Levandowski has been told to hand over the files but has refused to do so pleading the 5th as protection from having to do so.

The judge in the case has told Uber to order Levandowski to co-operate or be fired from Uber.

Uber asked for the hearing to be held in public but the judge refused to allow it.

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