The lawsuit argues that releasing this information to the public would put Waymo at a competitive disadvantage.
Making public the process by which Waymo analyzes crashes "could provide strategic insight to Waymo's competitors and third parties regarding Waymo's assessment of those collisions from a variety of different perspectives, including potential technological remediation," the company argues.
Moreover, it could have a "chilling effect" on the entire autonomous vehicle industry. "Potential market participants interested in deploying autonomous vehicles in California will be dissuaded from investing valuable time and resources developing this technology if there is a demonstrated track record of their trade secrets being released," Waymo claims.
Let's be crystal clear about what they're saying here:
"Technological remediation" means "how make car not crash".
if Google's competitors knew more about how the Waymo robots avoid killing people, that would allow their competitors to also kill fewer people, and that would be bad for Google's business. In fact, they claim it would have a "chilling effect" on the entire autonomous murderbot industry.
Google would prefer that their competitors' cars kill more people than their own, because that makes LINE GO UP.
They are saying the quiet part out loud.