The Apple trade secret lawsuit that began in 2018 has ended. Former Apple employee Zhang Xiaolan said: plead guilty On Monday, I ended up stealing confidential information from Apple.
Federal Grand Jury in San Jose, July 2018 indicted Zhang obtained a 25-page document containing detailed drawings of a circuit board designed for use in Apple’s self-driving cars.
In April of that year, Zhang told Apple that he was resigning to be closer to his sick mother in China. Apple later learned that the former employee worked for Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng. On the day Chan was due to return to China, federal agents intercepted and arrested the engineer at San Jose International Airport.
Xpeng has distanced itself from the case.among them Official Weibo post On Tuesday, the publicly traded EV maker said it had nothing to do with the Zhang case, knew nothing about the details of the case, was not involved in investigations by U.S. law enforcement agencies, and had a related dispute with Apple. said no.
“Xpeng is a major player in advanced driver assistance systems in China and will continue to develop full-stack solutions,” said the automaker.
Another former Xpeng staffer has also been embroiled in a legal dispute with the American tech giant. , Elon Musk himself publicly hinted at About his Chinese challenger. The lawsuit was dropped in 2021.
There’s a reason Xpeng’s western rivals are nervous about Xpeng’s whereabouts. Like its foreign competitors, Xpeng has cultivated ambitions for autonomous driving. The Guangzhou-based company has been busy testing his Xpilot ADAS system for Tesla’s FSD and wants to mass-produce the solution at an affordable price.
Unlike Tesla, Xpeng chose Lidar. Brought to you by DJI’s Livox, to steer that vehicle. Latest version of Xpilot Claim To help navigate complex city roads and self-park in what the company calls Level 2.5 driving.
Some of that technology may soon be available to consumers abroad. Last year, Xpeng Quietly started shipping in Norway, is also the first stop in the overseas expansion of Chinese rival Nio. In February, the company announced plans to enter Sweden and the Netherlands through both official retailers and third-party distribution networks.