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How creative is each car company? Here's one way to measure

If the name of the game is innovation, patents can be an important indicator

If the name of the game is innovation, patents can be an important indicator

Ford Bronco patent application? Roll-up roof becomes slide-out canopy

Let's hope this makes the production cut

Thanks to public patent records, there's a possible chance everybody will already know some of the best features of the upcoming Ford Bronco. Motor Trend recently found patent applications for removable doors, we found another set for half-doors, and after some additional digging, here's another that shows a possible cloth top option — that can be extended beyond the vehicle to serve as a canopy. The patent application, filed in Germany by Ford Global Technologies, shows 15 illustrations

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Ford Bronco patents? Two designs for removable doors

Patent paperwork details four different portals

Patent paperwork details four different portals

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Rivian files to patent modular R1T pickup beds

Five bed configurations from camper back to chassis cab

Five bed configurations from camper back to chassis cab.

Patent turns your pickup bed into a Ford theater

Truck sprouts a projector and movie screen

Truck sprouts a projector and movie screen.

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Rivian files patent for R1T truck 'digital jerry can' auxiliary battery

Big, swappable bed-mounted unit that would probably require a forklift

Big, swappable bed-mounted unit that would probably require a forklift.

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Ford patent uses smartphone tilt-steering to take over autonomous car

Or, steer using a virtual onscreen steering wheel

Take over steering by tilting a device or touching a virtual wheel.

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McLaren 720S Spider patent drawings prove droptop is in the works

We wouldn't expect much of a performance penalty

We wouldn't expect much of a performance penalty.

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Toyota files patent for a flying car

When traffic gets bad, this car takes to the air.

When traffic gets bad, this car takes to the air.

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Patents hint at active aerodynamics for C8 Chevy Corvette

Will mid-engined C8 Corvette get active side skirts and spoilers?

Will mid-engined C8 Corvette get active side skirts and spoilers?

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Ferrari patents a fancy and fascinating electric turbocharger

Turbine and compressor aren’t physically connected

The turbine and compressor aren't physically connected.

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Patent application reveals Honda CBX retro motorcycle revival

Six-cylinder bike looks to pay homage to 1970s CBX

Six-cylinder bike looks to pay homage to 1970s CBX.

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Audi files patent application for convertible SUV

In the crossover craze, can a convertible crossover be far behind?

Audi files a patent application for a convertible SUV with retractable B- and C-pillars, and lots of luggage space.

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Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars

If a patent becomes reality, that is.

Roughly half of adults get queasy just by reading a book as a passenger.

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Jeep patent filing in China show plans for 3-row Grand Commander

It's clearly inspired by the Jeep Yuntu Concept.

It's called the Grand Commander and it adds a seventh seat.

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Tesla seeks patent for mobile EV battery-swapping machines

It could be placed where Superchargers aren't available.

It could be placed where Superchargers aren't available.

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Toyota patents an A-pillar you can see through

This trick pillar uses mirrors to appear transparent.

The pillar is clearer than the patent language.

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Waymo patents car that softens if it hits a pedestrian

When sensing it's about to hit a pedestrian, the car would change the rigidity of its body panels, bumpers and the hood using underlying cables, rods or springs.

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