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Uber founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick took the stand during the Uber-Waymo trial on Tuesday. Kalanick saidUber’s delays in self-driving car development led him to recruit Anthony Levandowski, in an attempt to catch up with autonomous competitors. Kalanick reportedly spoke softly on the witness stand, testifying for less than an hour. He returned to the stand today for further questioning by Waymo’s lawyers. Today in court, Kalanick said that part of Uber’s ramping-up of autonomy efforts was influenced by rumors of Google entering the ride-hailing space. He said Uber attempted to launch a partnership with Google, but was not getting any traction. Although Levandowski is not a defendant in this lawsuit, the case revolves an alleged download of thousands of files before he left Waymo for Uber. — REUTERS