Connected tech becomes hotbed for patent wars in automotive industry, Auto News, ET Auto

New Delhi: The German carmaker Daimler and the Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia has been at loggerheads since March 2019 over the latter’s refusal to grant a patent license for technologies used in navigation systems, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and self-driving cars.

Nokia owns several patents protecting technologies on which current mobile phone standards are based, such as wifi, 3G, 4G, and the latest 5G which it licenses at the car level.

It is not only the OEMs and their suppliers who are investing billions in automotive R&D, but an entire network of technology companies and a vast swathe of start-ups.
It is not only the OEMs and their suppliers who are investing billions in automotive R&D, but an entire network of technology companies and a vast swathe of start-ups.

However,

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Ssangyong approves $33 million special fund usage from M&M, Auto News, ET Auto

Ssangyong Motor in a statement said its board approved the use of the fund at a meeting on Friday, and that it will use it to resolve imminent liquidity issues and to relieve market concern.
Ssangyong Motor in a statement said its board approved the use of the fund at a meeting on Friday, and that it will use it to resolve imminent liquidity issues and to relieve market concern.

SEOUL: South Korea’s Ssangyong Motor Co Ltd on Sunday said it has approved the use of a 40 billion won ($32.86 million) special fund raised by its biggest shareholder to help ease liquidity concern amid cooling demand due to the coronavirus.

Ssangyong Motor in a statement said its board approved the use of the fund at a meeting on Friday, and that it will use

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2020 Toyota Yaris Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2020 Toyota Yaris goes far on thrift and short on just about everything else. 

The subcompact sedan starts at just $16,605 (including $955 destination) in base L trim. The sedan and hatchback are offered in LE and XLE trim, which tops out at $19,705. 

Despite that low starting price, the Yaris is undercut by the Chevy Spark, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Nissan Versa. The Yaris comes with standard power features, two USB ports, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and automatic emergency braking that can avoid crashes at 12 mph or slower. The Versa offers

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2020 Lexus IS Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.

The 2020 Lexus IS was once a gym rat, but its consistent routine means its predominantly European competition has bypassed this once-compelling four-door compact sedan.

The allure of a decent value and the option of a strong, smooth V-6 engine don’t elevate the 2020 IS enough. We rate it at just 5.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

This year, the IS largely carries over in IS 300 and IS 350 guise. Not all is what it seems with those badges, however,

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