Ford will no longer be able to sell connected cars in Germany

by admin, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 (3 months ago)

Cars have become much smarter than they were a few years ago. The years go by and the car industry is constantly evolving. Although we still do not see flying cars everywhere, current cars are much more technical than before. We are not just talking about controversial self-driving cars, but small things that make cars smarter. Today, thanks to technology, there are many modifications that help your driving experience. Car manufacturers have implemented multimedia centers with many useful features. For example, one can easily get GPS coordinates directly from the system that is connected to the car. It is also possible to integrate it into your smartphone for calling or even listening to Apple Music. Ford, one of the largest carmakers in the world, has a lot of “smart cars”, but its portfolio will become less smart in Germany.

According to a fresh report, a German court found that Ford infringed a patent for the wireless technology of the Japanese IP Bridge Inc. The company has been excluded from the sale and production of cars with internet connection in Germany. According to the report, the decision of the Munich district court in Germany is not legally binding and Ford will continue to appeal. The court says € 227 million ($ 240 million) bail is required from plaintiff IP Bridge Inc.


Ford denies commenting on the case at this time

In a statement, Ford said the lawsuit was based on the licensing of basic patents for LTE networks. The company says it has not yet received a written opinion from the court. Since this opinion has not yet reached Ford, they will not comment on the case, at least not at this time.

Obviously, this case is a direct result of the growing tensions between technology companies and the car industry. Obviously, these technology companies want automakers to pay for technology rights. There are many requirements for automakers to pay for technology rights. These technologies include GPS, vehicle communications and self-driving cars. If regulators do not decide to create a parameter for these companies, then we will see many cases like this appear.

In related news, we saw the first crisis involving the operation of an autopilot in a Tesla vehicle. A collision resulted in the death of two people with the Autopilot activated, however, the decision and the investigation say that the incident was caused by gross negligence of the driver.

While Ford is racing, Audi and Apple have teamed up to make Audi devices smarter.

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