A former Apple employee accused of stealing trade secrets related to an automous car project

The Federal Bureau of Investigati of the United States this week accused the former Apple employee, Xiaolang Zhang, of stealing trade secrets, according to documents filed with the Northern District Court of California.

Zhang was hired at Apple in December 2015 to work the Titan project, developing software and hardware for use in automous vehicles. Zhang has specifically worked Apple's Compute team, designing and testing circuit boards to analyze sensor data.

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It was provided with "broad access to secure and cfidential internal databases" because of its positi, which ctained trade secrets and intellectual property for the self-driving project eventually ended up flying.

In April 2018, Zhang took a family leave from Apple following the birth of his child, and during that time, he went to China. Shortly after, he told his supervisor at Apple that he was leaving the company and traveling to China to work at XMotors, a Chinese start-up that also focuses automous vehicle technology.

Zhang's supervisor felt that he had been "evasive" during the meeting, which led the security team of new Apple products to investigate the activity Zhang's history and analyze his Apple devices that were seized.

Apple found that just before Zhang's departure, his network business had "grown expentially" compared to the previous two years, he had worked at Apple. He …

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