Former Tesla Employee Admits Uploading Autopilot Source Code To His iCloud

Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla that is accused of stealing company trade secrets and sending them to a Chinese startup, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. “Cao denied stealing sensitive information from the automaker in the same filing,” reports The Verge. “His legal team argued he ‘made extensive efforts to delete and/or remove any such Tesla files prior to his separation from Tesla.’ Cao is now the ‘head of perception’ at XPeng, where he is ‘[d]eveloping and delivering autonomous driving technologies for production cars.'” From the report: According to a joint filing from the two parties that was also filed this week, Tesla has subpoenaed documents from Apple. While Apple is not involved in this case, a former employee who worked on the tech company’s secretive autonomous car project was charged by the FBI with stealing trade secrets last July. That employee allegedly Air Dropped sensitive data to his wife’s laptop and was also caught on CCTV leaving Apple’s campus with a box of equipment. He had left his job at Apple to take a position at XPeng before being arrested. Cao was also a senior image scientist for Apple for two years before he joined Tesla, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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