Former Apple employee charged with stealing autonomous vehicle trade secrets

Former Apple employee faces up to 10 years in prison, $250K fine for stealing Project Titan trade secrets

Zhang's access to his work at XMotors was denied and his computer and other equipment were secured after U.S. authorities notified the company they were investigating him; he was ultimately fired. One former Apple employee is now in hot water over some of that content, especially in light of allegedly not only bringing it out of Apple's walls, but handing it over to a potentially competing company. Xiaolang Zhang had worked on Apple's self-driving vehicle project since 2015. And then previous year, Apple secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. Zhang's duties were to design and test circuit boards that were capable of analyzing sensor data.

As a hardware engineer on Apple's autonomous vehicle development team, Zhang's position granted him "broad access to secure and confidential internal databases containing trade secrets and intellectual property", according to the complaint. Additionally, security footage confirmed that he was on company premises on April 28th, which falls into the period of his paternity leave.

In April, Zhang took paternity leave following the birth of a child and travelled with his family to China, according to the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Xiaolang Zhang worked on Apple's driverless auto project but allegedly planned to move to Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Xiaopeng Motors, the company says in court documents. When he returned to Apple, to said that he planned to resign. When they searched the engineer's company-issued iPhones and a notebook, they discovered searches in confidential databases, with download activity increasing massively in the past two months. When notified in late June that USA authorities were investigating Zhang, his computer and office equipment was secured and he was denied access to his work, she said. Zhang had not only taken documents from the company, some of which he AirDropped from his phone to his wife's laptop, but he also was brazen enough to come in on a Saturday night and steal a box of hardware that included circuit boards and a Linux server. In fact, a wild rumor in 2015 also claimed that Apple would have the vehicle in production by 2020; putting a lot more faith in Cupertino's prowess than we'd like to award it.

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Zhang faces a possible 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

At one point, the expectations for Project Titan were pretty high, with rumors suggesting the company's efforts were coming along faster than anyone might expect. There are still many opportunities for Apple to be involved in self-driving, whether that's by providing a software platform or certain hardware components. This is Apple we're talking about, so keeping those secrets and intellectual properties under lock-and-key is crucial. It's what happened next that got him busted.

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