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05 December 2017

A sign of things to come in the automotive industry as BMW announces Avanci license

By: Terence Broderick

BMW Group announced on 1 December 2017 that it had signed a licensing agreement with Avanci. Avanci is a body made up of large corporations in the telecommunications field offering licenses to patents essential to implementing the 2G, 3G and 4G cellular standards which fuel today’s mobile telephony infrastructure.

Licensing Image (image courtesy of LinkedIn)

This licensing agreement will provide BMW with access to essential wireless technologies, specifically related to the internet of things. This is an example of the recent movement in the automotive industry towards more vertical collaboration with organisations that would not traditionally form part of the automotive industry.

Another example being the recent tie-up between Ford and Amazon to utilise their Alexa platform where it is thought that the Alexa platform will be used to increase the connectivity between home and car.

In accessing this technology, BMW has suggested an intention to develop future cars with the internet of things in mind. Using 2G, 3G and 4G technologies in the development of the “connected car” will enable those cars to interact with their surrounding environments, with the mobile devices of their drivers and in other novel ways with other cars.  

It is expected that more and more large automotive manufacturers will crave access to patents essential to implementing the internet of things and will therefore need to obtain licenses to 2G, 3G and 4G cellular standards.

The ongoing development of driverless cars toward level 5 autonomy, where driver intervention will not be necessary, will also necessitate increasing connectivity between cars and their surrounding environment.

If you would like to discuss any patent matters within the automotive industry, then please contact automotive sector specialist and patent attorney Terence Broderick.