Anthony levandowski and Chris Urmson, once Google’s most brilliant star autopilot engineers, helped shape today’s autopilot industry. However, their personalities are quite different, and they are always arguing on various issues. In the end, Urmson won the power struggle, while lewandovsky was forced to move to Uber and even sentenced to prison for stealing trade secrets.
Lewandowski and EMSON’s grievances can be traced back to March 2004, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted the challenge of automatic driving cars, requiring the vehicles to cross the deserts of California and Mojave. Urmson took part in the challenge as the team leader of Carnegie Mellon University. At that time, lewandovsky was only a master’s degree student in industrial engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, but he built an automatic motorcycle called ghost rider and won the attention in the final competition.
when Urmson decided to develop an autopilot car at the end of 2008, both Urmson and Lewandowski were under command. Urmson once led the winning team of Carnegie Mellon University City challenge and was responsible for managing specific affairs. And levandovsky is engaged in hardware work, responsible for the modification of vehicles, equipped with radar, camera and roof lidar system. From the beginning, however, the two people’s different styles were highlighted. < p > < p > since joining Google’s autopilot team, he has been fighting for the right to autopilot. After the failure of the competition, lewandovsky often went beyond Urmson to report directly to Larry Page, the founder and CEO of Google. He expressed dissatisfaction with the slow progress of the Google team, which had spent seven years and billions of dollars, but had not launched any products close to commercial use. However, he denies that he is too cautious when facing up with his competitors. < p > < p > lewandovsky once proposed to set up a “MAC team”, that is, to imitate apple to develop cheaper and better products, in order to subvert the IBM led PC market. Lewandovsky, known for his ability to launch ambitious projects with amazing speed, thinks he can do something similar inside Google. However, this idea has not been supported by page. In the end, lewandovsky was forced to leave Google. < / P > < p > while working at Google, levandovsky also founded two start-ups, 510 systems and Anthony’s robots. Google bought the technology from 510 systems, initially for streetscape and later for autonomous driving projects. Anthony’s robots is committed to developing autonomous driving software and proprietary lidar scanners. Given the importance of these technologies, Google later decided to buy the two companies. < / P > < p > before lewandovsky decided to leave in 2016, Google valued the company’s autonomous driving project at $4.5 billion. According to the award scheme set in 2011, levandovsky could get up to $120 million at that time. Global Tech