Ex-Tesla employee admits uploading top secret autopilot data before move to Chinese rival

A former high-ranking Tesla employee, who left to join a Chinese competitor, has admitted to uploading a trove of confidential data pertaining to the tech company’s autopilot feature to his personal iCloud. Guangzhi Cao was one of only 40 Tesla employees, out of 45,000, with access to the source code for the autopilot system. Last year Cao admitted to uploading copies of the code to a personal account, as well as moving more than 300,000 files and directories related to the autopilot system.Also on ‘Apocalyptic quarter’: Tesla’s share price dives after reporting huge sales dropTesla sued Cao in March, alleging that he stole trade secrets from them and brought the information to their Chinese rival, Xiaopeng Motors (also known as XPeng).Cao’s defense lawyers responded to the filing this week, by saying their client admits to uploading the material, but maintains that he “made extensive efforts to delete and/or re ...Read more

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