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Bergelt’s group has signed up companies like Hyundai and Daimler AG, giving them free access to Linux so they can then build their own individual applications atop that for on-board systems that monitor traffic, play videos and perform other functions of a computer or smartphone. As automakers turn their vehicles into app-laden computers on wheels, there’s one habit they don’t want to acquire from Silicon Valley: fighting over patents in court. Manufacturers from BMW AG to Hyundai Motor Co. to Ford Motor Co. are trying to learn from the smartphone wars, which cost technology companies hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, as they prepare to revolutionize their vehicles. “No san... Full story

7 December