Smartcar, a start-up company specialized in helping developers build apps for connected cars, claims a much larger competitor named Otonomo has stolen its intellectual property.
It published a series of screenshots on its official blog to back up its assertion.
There is no connection between Smartcar and the Daimler-owned automaker that has made pocket-sized, Smart-branded city cars since 1998.
It’s this API that it claims Otonomo shamelessly copied word for word, and posted on its website for the world to see.
“We didn’t just find a few vague similarities to Smartcar’s documentation.
Otonomo’s docs are a systematically written rip-off of ours — from the overall structure, right down to code samples, and even typos,” the company explained in a blog post.