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US says engineer Zhang Xiaolang stole Apple’s self-driving car secrets, then tried fleeing to China

Jul 11 , 2018

US authorities charged a former Apple Inc employee with stealing trade secrets on Monday, accusing him of downloading a blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop before trying to flee the country for China, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

The complaint said the former employee, Zhang Xiaolang, disclosed intentions to work for a Chinese electric car start-up and booked a last-minute flight to China after downloading the plan for a circuit board for the self-driving car. Authorities arrested Zhang on July 7 at the San Jose airport after he passed through a security checkpoint.

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