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Ford has patented a way to use information about things like road grade and navigation data to more efficiently make use of the adaptive cruise control. The system seems perfect to help autonomous vehicles maximize their fuel economy.

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GM now has a patent for a cloud-based system to transfer personalization settings between vehicles, including the seating position, audio presets, contacts, and much more. The automaker sees useful applications for car sharing services and rental companies.

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Ford is facing a $1 billion lawsuit for allegedly infringing on the intellectual property of software company Versata. The legal case is already quite complicated.

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A newly found patent filing from Ram shows a stowable ramp system that could make loading your truck easier than ever.

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Hyundai has patented a system combining GPS, a camera, and sensors to detect speed bumps and to warn drivers about them.

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Honda has patented the design for what appears to be a mid-engine sports car with a removable roof that blends cues from the NSX and S660.

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Does a new patent filing indicate that the next Toyota Supra will be called S-FR?

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Apple has patented a system to select a navigation route based on the cellular network signal strength along the way.

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Like so many of its rivals, Maserati is about to break into the crossover market with the upcoming Levante. And these patent drawings give us our best look at its design yet.

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Porsche has filed a trademark application in Europe for the name GT5, suggesting it could be planning an even more accessible track model to slot below the Cayman GT4.

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Apple files for a patent for 'humanized navigation instructions for mapping applications' that would provide more human-like detail to navigation instructions.

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Hyundai has a patent for a way to disable smartphone features, like calls and texting, by using specific software and antennas inside the vehicle. It can even limit these restrictions simple to the area around the driver's seat.

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Ford has filed a patent for an 11-speed automatic transmission and has outlined three ways of making it work.

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The DeltaWing might make the transition from the racetrack to the street. Two recent patents show possible designs for a future road car.

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Toyota has patented an improved eye-tracking technology that attempts to eliminate false-positive results caused by redeye. The system also monitors a driver's upper and lower eyelids to calculate how open the is.

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BMW has patents on two, bizarre three-cylinder engine designs meant to improve on the classic V-twin. One splays out the pistons in a fan shape, adds a cylinder to the traditional design.

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A study by Thomson Reuters looks at the past 24 years of auto patents to examine Apple's current place in the industry. Samsung might be a big competitor, but an Apple merger with Tesla could be a real boon for both businesses.

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After over a dozen lawsuits in just two years, Ford is taking action to combat so-called patent trolls, companies that purchase patents just to file lawsuits.

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Apple has filed for a patent to let your smartphone also act as a car key. While some automakers have apps that already do that, this solution lets users selectively share the functionality with other devices.

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Part Of New Eco-Tech Center In Gwangju

Hyundai will open up some its green car patents in order to make it easier for small Korean companies to promote hydrogen fuel cell cars.

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A trademark application filed by General Motors for the name Z71 Trail Boss suggests a more hardcore off-roader could be in store for Chevy or GMC in the near future.

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