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BEIJING (Reuters) – Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc has settled a lawsuit against a former employee who copied the source code of the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s autopilot technology. This comes from a US district court filed on April 15.
Tesla filed the lawsuit in 2019, saying its employee Cao Guangzhi, who worked for Tesla for two years, copied the source code before joining XMotors, the US unit of the Chinese self-driving car startup Xpeng Inc.
The terms of the settlement, which included a cash payment made by Cao to Tesla, were not disclosed. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tesla’s autopilot is a driver assistance system that does some driving tasks and allows the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel. However, the company emphasizes that it still requires driver monitoring and does not make the vehicle autonomous.
Tesla has a factory in Shanghai, which puts it in direct competition with Xpeng and other Chinese companies in the world’s largest market for electric vehicles.
A statement by his legal representative to Reuters on behalf of Cao confirmed the deal, saying Cao never accessed Tesla data or provided Tesla information to XMotors or anyone else after he left Tesla.
Cao later left XMotors, the company told Reuters in a statement Friday. XMotors, which was not a party in this case, said it respects intellectual property rights and relies on its proprietary R&D and intellectual property developed in-house.
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