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Ford applies to patent screen doors for the Bronco

Could help protect occupant limbs in case of crashes or mosquitoes

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Toyota patents variable-thickness steering wheel that changes on the fly

It can alter friction between the rim and driver's hand

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Toyota twin-turbo V8 patent unearthed

One last ICE hurrah, or vaporware?

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New Porsche sports car design shown in recently-filed patent

It looks just like the Le Mans Living Legend design study revealed last year

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Production Nissan 400Z patent renderings unearthed

Details show what the roadgoing Z will look like

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Bollinger Motors adds Passthrough/Frunkgate patent to growing collection

Pop the frunk door down, and store cargo through the length of the vehicles

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Automakers actually patented these oddball car features

Does your car need a sticky hood, or a roof-mounted turbine?

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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, Tony Markovich

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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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