Land Rover accuses VW Group of stealing technologyNovember 22, 2020
Land Rover accuses German VW Group of using patented technologies and is seeking a ban on the sale of some of its crossovers in the United States.
BloombergQuint reports that Jaguar Land Rover is asking the US International Trade Commission to block the sale of several crossovers to the German VW Group, claiming the automaker is using JLR’s patented Terrain Response system without permission.
British Jaguar Land Rover is trying to block the sale of several popular VW Group models in the United States. These include the crossovers Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, VW Tiguan and several Audi models such as the best-selling Q5. Their blocking will deal a blow to the net profit of the concern.
It’s all about the Terrain Response system, which Land Rover calls the “hallmark” of their models, which switches several modes of movement of the car at the touch of a button.
The system is also used in Jaguar models such as the F-Pace crossover.
According to Land Rover, the ability to change multiple vehicle parameters at the touch of a button is a feature of Land Rover and Land Rover only. The system allows drivers to choose the driving mode – sand, stone, mud, etc. Depending on the choice of this mode, the current settings for braking, engine and gearbox for this surface will be changed, while increasing the car’s off-road capabilities. As noted by BloombergQuint, JLR has already sued Bentley for its Driver Dynamics system, which is used in the Bentayga crossover. Bentley was unable to dismiss this claim and will face trial in February.
Bentayga shares its platform with several other VW Group models. The US International Trade Commission has not yet launched an investigation into this matter, which could lead to a decision in 2023. The VW Group did not offer BloombergQuint any comment on the allegations.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Tesla accused Rivian of stealing its developments. Both companies specialize in the production of electric cars. Now it became known that Tesla is suing its main competitor. The reason is the theft of trade secrets.
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