Judge delays Waymo-Uber trial after new documents revealed

 In Technology

The judge overseeing Waymo’s high-stakes lawsuit against Uber over self-driving car technology reluctantly agreed Tuesday to delay the trial until December, giving Waymo’s attorneys more time to examine newly obtained documents.

The trial, which could have big implications for the race to perfect autonomous cars, had been scheduled to begin Oct. 10. Waymo, however, sought a delay, saying Uber had only recently produced an “avalanche” of documents that required careful review.

Judge William Alsup granted Waymo’s request, although with a timeline that he indicated would not change again. Jury selection is now scheduled for Nov. 29, while opening arguments will be heard Dec. 4.

Alsup cautioned Waymo, the new name given to Google’s self-driving car project last year, that the extra time may not help the company’s case.

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