The authorities of the U.S. accused a former Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) worker with theft of trade information on Monday, blaming him for downloading a plan identified with a self-driving vehicle to a PC before attempting to escape the nation to China, as per a criminal grievance recorded in government court.
The grievance said the previous representative, Xiaolang Zhang, unveiled idea to work for a Chinese self-driving vehicle startup and booked an immediate flight to China just after downloading the plan regarding a circuit for the self-driving vehicle. Specialists handcuffed Zhang at the San Jose air terminal, on July 7 after he went through a security checkpoint.
“We’re working with experts on this issue and will do everything in our limits to ensure this individual and some other people included are convicted for their activities,” Apple stated in an announcement.
Tamara Crepet, a legal advisor temporarily selected to speak for Zhang, did not instantly react to a demand for comment. The FBI likewise did not quickly react to a demand as well.
The criminal grievance said that Zhang was employed to create hardware and software for Apple’s autonomous vehicle venture, where he engineered and tested circuit sheets to examine sensor information.
Zhang went on paternity leave in April following the birth of his child and headed out with his family to China, as per the complaint recorded in the U.S. Region Court for the North District of California.
At the point when Zhang came back, he informed the supervisor about his plan to resign, shift back to China and work for Xiaopeng Motors, a smart electric vehicle organization headquartered with workplaces in Silicon Valley, the complaint stated.
Since leaving Apple, Zhang had joined Xiaopeng Motors’ completely owned U.S. firm, XMotors. Zhang’s supervisor approached Apple security authorities, who found that Zhang had run broad series of confidential information and had made advances on Apple’s grounds on April 28, when he should have been on paternity leave, the objection affirmed.