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Mountain View autonomous flight company files lawsuit, claims competitor stole its design

Original post made on Apr 9, 2021

A legal battle is brewing between two local companies vying to create flying autonomous air-taxis, with one alleging that the other poached employees, stole trade secrets and copied its aircraft design.

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Posted by Kal Sandhu
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 9, 2021 at 2:21 pm

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Seems like the days of the robber barons, Silicon Valley-style, are back.

Posted by kehlar
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2021 at 7:57 pm

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Two words: Anthony Levandowski

Posted by mimo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 10, 2021 at 9:23 am

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"flying AUTONOMOUS air-taxis"? Are there people who would adventure using these?

Posted by catrov
a resident of North Bayshore
on Apr 11, 2021 at 11:08 am

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The safety of autonomous air taxis has been questioned. While no mode of transportation is completely safe, here are a few ways in which an autonomous air vehicle has a much easier task than a ground vehicle:
1) No pedestrians, objects in the roadway, construction barricades, etc to detect and avoid.
2) No constantly shifting lane markings to detect and follow.
3) No constant stop signs/stop lights to detect and obey, with severe bad results for failure.
4) Only other air traffic needs detecting and that could be managed by new protocols built in from the beginning of autonomous air taxi operations.
5) Air traffic is not stop-and-go.

Not having to concentrate moment-by-moment on staying separated from, and not colliding with, other vehicles mere feet away makes air navigation much easier and safer to automate than its road counterpart. Not having to deal with legacy users (e.g. pedestrians, who must still remain free to cross the street without coordinating with a computerized traffic system) plus stop lights, lane shifts and drivers who brake suddenly means that most of the really hard part of what autonomous ground vehicles have to do is not required in the air.

TL;DR - Autonomous air vehicles have a much easier job to do, thus they are inherently safer than autonomous ground vehicles.