BMW was sued for espionage

Posted on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 , 04:09:33 byIulia

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BMW was sued for espionage

There is some bad news for the Bavarian carmaker BMW. Apparently Autolib, the French group that operated electric car scheme in Paris has filled a criminal complaint against the carmaker. According to them, the Germans are being accused of industrial espionage. Now, of course, we will have to see which their arguments are. First accusation comes from Bollore Group, the most important industrial conglomerate in France. The specialists accuse BMW of using spies to gather information on its electric cars which are actually a common project with Pininfarina. According to Bollore, two employees of a company working for BMW have been seen three times tampering with Autolib vehicles parked in Paris and a lot more weird things. A specialist from Autolib declared that they are not sure about the information the carmaker was able to gather during this intervention regarding the technologies they are using. The French specialists are actually ahead in terms of technology as they have invested a lot of money developing it and even a battery and geo-location system. In the declaration they did not mention the name of the company, but they said they were driving a BMW car with German plates. On the 5th of September they have been apprehended in the 7th district and arrested. Apparently BMW and Renault have reached an agreement with Renault that allows the carmaker to use the batteries and also the charging stations. Of course, there are other elements the carmaker can use, like for example, lithium-metal-polymer technology used to design a new vehicle. More details on this adventure will be released as soon as the situation is a bit clearer.