Tesla didn’t say if it believed Khatilov had coordinated with others. Nonetheless, it warned that it “didn’t uncover” all of Khatilov’s actions, and that he may nonetheless be sharing Tesla’s recordsdata. The staffer needed to work remotely because of the pandemic, making it troublesome to confirm that the recordsdata had been deleted.
The automaker has been extremely protecting of its know-how up to now, having sued Rivian and Zoox for allegedly hiring recruits who introduced Tesla secrets and techniques with them. That’s on high of suing people like Martin Tripp, who Elon Musk referred to as a “saboteur.” Khatilov’s case, if true, is simply more likely to heighten Tesla’s issues about commerce secret theft — if folks join simply to steal automation instruments, Tesla might really feel justified in jealously defending its all-important EV and self-driving know-how.