Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

This is a work of fiction, says engineer's lawyer

Enter Travis

And just in case you forget that this is more than a legal dispute over hours and wages for a nanny, up pops Uber's then-CEO Travis Kalanick – on March 11, 2017 at 6.30pm, no less.

"Wong observed Levandowski, upon entry had brought home the following items: A copper wiring device made up of roughly 60 intertwined individual copper wirings, wrapped in thick yellow rubber that had a serial number on it," the lawsuit stated.

"There was also a large flat lid that had holes on all the edges, a large steel screw, and hexagonal steel washer (heavy, palm size). Wong alleges the washer and screw are similar to those used on circuit boards, to keep from coming loose from 'vibrations.' Wong alleges the flat lid is similar to those used to 'case' the lidar components on top of self-driving vehicles. There was also a circuit board embedded in the flat lid.

"Wong observed these items were fairly large and perhaps used for demonstration purposes to Kalanick (Exhibit 12). Wong noticed upon entry, Kalanick had a composition notebook in his hands. Kalanick placed his notebook by his dinner plate on the dining table. Close to Kalanick and Levandowski, a white bucket that contained circuit boards, items related to circuit boards and various reflective lenses. Wong observed, the items in the bucket seemed fairly large and perhaps used for demonstration purposes to Kalanick."

Later, she recorded a conversation between Levandowski and his business partner Randy Miller in which he says: "Travis fell for the props, he doesn’t know shit."

She also drew links between Levandowski and a number of startups in his field, name-checking Tesla engineer Patrick Green, and referring to conversations about Qing Lu – who started the JingChi breakaway company from Velodyne – and Brian Salesky's Argo.AI company. Velodyne is a maker of LIDAR technology used by self-driving cars.

Run away!

Wong clearly suspected something untoward in these conversations but wasn't sure of the bigger picture – so she just put it all out there. Essentially, it is appears, from the claims, that Levandowski was preoccupied by the bizarre cloak-and-dagger world of robo-rides exposed by the Waymo-Uber lawsuit.

As to just how crazy things got at Levandowski's house, at one point Wong recalled a discussion about how Levandowski was planning to flee America and its legal system, and drive to Alberta in Canada, with conversational details about how Levandowski had "arranged for the children to still be able to visit him through Olsen and relatives, under the supervision of his lawyers."

Needless to say, Levandowski is not excited to see his personal and private conversations plastered all over a lawsuit. "The allegations in the lawsuit are a work of fiction," one of his lawyers said in response to the filing. "Levandowski is confident that the lawsuit will be dismissed by the court."

An administrative hearing for Wong's sueball is set to be held on April 5. ®

Sponsored: Minds Mastering Machines - Call for papers now open




Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018