According to a fresh report, a German court has ruled that Ford infringed a patent on Japanese IP Bridge Inc’s wireless technology. The company has been barred from selling and producing cars with internet connectivity in Germany. As per the report, the ruling of the Munich district court in Germany is not legally binding and Ford will still appeal. The court says a 227 million euro ($240 million) bond from plaintiff IP Bridge Inc was required.
Ford denies commenting on the case right now
In a statement, Ford notes that the cause of the lawsuit is the licensing of standard essential patents for LTE networks. The company says that it is yet to receive a written opinion from the court. Since this opinion is yet to reach Ford, they won’t comment on the case, at least not for now.
Apparently, this case is a direct result of the growing tensions between tech companies and carmakers. Apparently, these tech companies want the automakers to pay royalties for the technology. There are multiple requirements for automakers to pay royalties for the tech. These technologies include GPS, vehicle communications, and self-driving cars. Unless the regulatory agencies decide to create a parameter for these companies, then we’ll see a lot of cases like this emerging.
In related news, we saw the first judgment involving the autopilot feature on a Tesla vehicle. A crash has resulted in the death of two people with the Autopilot enabled, however, the ruling and investigation say that the incident was caused by the driver’s gross negligence.
While Ford struggles, Audi and Apple have created a partnership to make Audi devices smarter.