In the US, former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling his trade secrets to mobile transportation app Uber while he worked at the company’s driverless vehicle unit Waymo.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup sentenced Levandowski, who pleaded guilty to taking advantage of the reduced sentence by agreeing with federal prosecutors in the public case against him, to 18 months in prison and a $ 95k fine.
Alsup also ordered Levandowski to pay the company $ 756,499 to cover the costs of Waymo, which is assisting the government in its investigation of the case.
Engineer Levandowski could be punished with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250k if he did not agree with the government.
It is not known whether Levandowski, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, will be able to make the payments.
Levandowski, a leading figure in the field of robotic vehicles, left Waymo in early 2016 to devote more time to the driverless trucking company he founded, “Otto.”