patent licensing dispute between Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia and German carmaker Daimler to the European Court of Justice to clarify the law as it applies to supply chains.The Duesseldorf Regional Court said it would suspend proceedings in Nokia's fight against Daimler over royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications and self-driving cars.The long-running row revolves around standard technologies used in 4G mobile networks that provide information to vehicles known as connected cars, and whether Nokia is licensing them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.The dispute has raised concern in Brussels, where the European Commission has proposed a mechanism to establish whether certain patents are essential to a technology standard and to reduce arguments over their use."It's a welcome development that the European courts will pronounce on these very tricky questions," Commission Vice-President Margrete Vestager said in … [Read more...] about German court refers Nokia-Daimler connected car clash to European Court
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At the recently-held ETAuto Connected Vehicle Virtual Summit, industry experts deliberated upon the challenges that stem from the evolving hardware and software architecture of cars and how it is impacting their overall functional safety and security. With every advancement in the in-vehicle electronics, automakers have to grapple with challenges like Bluetooth hacking, fiddling with the keys and other open interfaces through which a hacker can gain access to the vehicle.According to Omkar Panse, AVP and head of digital connected solutions, KPIT, the combination of connectivity and autonomy will have a positive impact on the overall automotive safety with systems getting smarter and more intuitive for handling.“However, for that, you have to adhere to functional safety norms, see how you write the software, validate the software and ensure that there are no uncovered paths in software. Then only it can be termed reliable. It will also eventually help in optimising the cost … [Read more...] about How is connectivity driving security strategy in modern cars?
A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde refused the plea filed by Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. — which handles brands such as Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi — in a judgment. The FIR was based on a complaint filed by a customer in U.P. He claimed he had bought seven Audi cars from authorised dealers who had assured him there were no cheat devices in the cars to manipulate the effectiveness of emission controls. He later found the NOx emissions high and had to pay a hefty fine. … [Read more...] about SC dismisses Skoda Volkswagen’s plea to quash FIR for alleged use of cheat device in car
New Delhi: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on Thursday said it has agreed to make a capital investment in H2U Investments, the holding entity of the H2U Group. The Group includes The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), an Australia-based developer of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects using power from renewable energy.According to the press release, MHI would support H2U's projects and business development initiatives, and for their front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for H2U's Eyre Peninsula GatewayTM project in south Australia.“The first project of the initiatives, Eyre Peninsula GatewayTM in southwest South Australia, is planned to commence commercial production of green hydrogen and ammonia towards the end of 2022,” the firm said. Green hydrogen and green ammonia are the next-generation clean energy which produce no carbon emissions either in the production or combustion stages. Green hydrogen produced by water electrolysis using power from renewable energy … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi to invest in green hydrogen, green ammonia in Australia
STOCKHOLM: IKEA's Ingka Investments is in talks to buy commercial property in prime locations in several big European cities after it finalised its first-ever such acquisition last month, its managing director said.The investment arm of Ingka Group, which owns most IKEA stores, is pushing into the real estate market as part of IKEA's shift towards big city-centres from out-of-town. So far, such locations are leased.Scouting for city-centre retail property more or less ready to house IKEA stores across Europe's main cities, Ingka Investments' first deal was in Paris' Rue de Rivoli."We have ongoing discussions in big European cities," Ingka Investments Managing Director Krister Mattsson said in an interview. "It takes time to buy properties, but there is a lot in the pipeline," he told Reuters. Inkga Investments is pushing ahead with the new strategy despite the wider retail market uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Despite the exodus from high streets prompted by the coronavirus, price … [Read more...] about IKEA investment arm in talks to buy commercial properties in European cities