The automotive industry is shifting its attention away from infotainment to focus on transformative technologies that will enable the Mobility as a Service paradigm to spring to life. Third-party platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto increasingly dominate the industry as it explores the benefits of ADAS, V2X, 5G connectivity, AI, AR, driverless vehicles, electrification, and IoT. And the future starts now, with the new car and ride sharing economy already evolving to take Uberization to the next level with driverless taxis and multimodal transportation. In the shorter term, car-to-cloud vehicle sensor data crowdsourcing for traffic, parking, weather and map services and cloud-to-car Over the Air Updates for life cycle and cyber security management are critical focus areas. Commercial vehicle technology is evolving from aftermarket fleet telematics to embedded connectivity, active safety and ADAS, platooning and ultimately autonomous trucks.
In September, Skyhook Wireless issued a statement that it had filed two lawsuits against Google, pertaining to infringement of four patents and “business interference”. The latter relates to two agreements that Skyhook Wireless has in place with Motorola and “Company B”, largely believed to be Samsung. Both companies have licensed Skyhook’s positioning software on devices supporting Google’s Android OS platform. Google, which has developed its own free Wi-Fi location technology, is accused of forcing these manufacturers to use its solution through a number of unfair practices. So why is Google going to such great lengths to impede Skyhook? Surely, it doesn’t matter what location technology is used?