Tesla closes a deal with former engineer accused of stealing autopilot code
Tesla and Cao Guangzhi, a former engineer at the company, reached an agreement. The professional, a member of the autonomous driving area, was accused by the electric car company of stealing the source code of the autopilot. Cao admitted that he took the code, but stated that he never used it.
Tesla closes a deal with former engineer accused of stealing autopilot code (Image: ZDNet)
Tesla sued Cao Guangzhi in 2019, when the engineer left the U.S. company to work on Chinese rival XMotors, on the charge that he had stolen trade secrets. The agreement reached between the parties defined that Cao needs to pay Tesla. The details of values, however, have not yet been released.
Cao admitted that he uploaded compressed folders containing the codes to his iCloud account in 2018, while still working at Tesla. Even at the time of the lawsuit, he already claimed that he did not use the secrets at Xmotors.
The engineer is no longer part of the Chinese company staff. To Reuters, Xmotors said it respects competitors’ intellectual properties.
Tesla autopilot controls the car using eight external cameras, a radar and twelve sensors, in addition to the on-board computer. The technology is different from Full Self-Driving (FSD), which is still in beta. This other software promises to change lanes while navigating on roads, parking and maneuvering in tight spaces.