AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, 1 FEB 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Nearly a year after Waymo filed its lawsuit against Uber, the self-driving competitors are to have their day in court, with the trial scheduled to start this week.
But beyond whether the spinoff of Google’s parent company or the ride-hailing giant prevails, the trial is expected to have a huge impact on the auto industry.
“This trial is a really big deal,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles. “Not as much because of the legal issue or the ultimate impact for the companies, but for showing how much is at stake in development of automated vehicles for companies that are doing it.”