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Next Chevy Silverado could get this built-in tailgate step

8 years later, Chevy admits the "man step" is a good idea.

A patent was granted in December 2016.

Google designs autonomous car feature to detect emergency vehicles

Flashing lights mean to pull over, Mr. Machine.

Autonomous cars need to know when to yield. Google has already thought of that.

Ford patent spoofs bigger engine sound for fuel savings

By virtually doubling cylinder count, Ford wants drivers who shift themselves to save fuel by changing gears earlier.

Offbeat automotive patents make us scratch our heads

Today's cars are pack with more technology than ever before, and these patents prove automakers aren't slowing down in the search for the next big thing.

Ford also opening up EV, hybrid patents, with a price tag

Move Follows Patent Offers From Tesla, Toyota

Ford will sell its electric vehicle and hybrid technology patents to anyone who's interested.

Hyundai files patent for smartphone feature disabler in proximity to steering wheel

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.

BMW patents strange three-cylinder pushrod engines, perhaps for cruiser motorcycle

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.

Samsung emerges as Apple's chief auto rival

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.

Will Apple patent see car keys replaced by your iPhone? [w/video]

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.

Audi buys Ballard fuel cell patents for $80 million

VW Group Gets Access To Canadian Hydrogen Technology

Audi will buy a number of hydrogen patents from Ballard Power Systems for a cost of $80 million.

Automaker interest in open Tesla EV patents is decidedly lukewarm

Exceptions Include Mahindra, BMW And Nissan

Tesla Motors made big headlines when CEO Elon Musk announced a few weeks ago that he would open up all of the automaker's patents. The response has been interesting, to say the least, with some electric vehicle advocates and investor groups Sebastian Blanco

Tesla open-sources all its patents

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he's thinking about something, you definitely need to pay attention because it's likely something big. In an eloquently worded press release (a very rare thing indeed) Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents, effective immediately.

Fisker assets will be auctioned tomorrow, here's the situation today

The remains of Fisker Automotive - which might not even include the name and logo - are supposed to finally be sold off tomorrow, but the scene before the auction is anything but clear. As as reminder, the two bidding parties are Sebastian Blanco

Samsung files EV-related patents, could herald big bet on electric vehicles

Samsung isn't talking, but a number of the South Korean electronics giant's recent patents are speaking volumes. The company has filed a number of patents for technology that could be used in electric vehicles, making many wonder if the company, which already makes batteries for plug-in vehicles, may go whole hog and start building EVs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Toyota issued 1,491 patents in 2012 to take automaker top spot

Toyota beat all its carmaker competitors for the title of most US patent filings last year, hands down. The Intellectual Property Owners Association reported that Toyota had 1,491 patents issued in 2012 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So, what is Toyota doing to generate that many patents?

Ford Fusion Hybrid boosts company's hybrid patents from 30 to 500 in the past decade

While Ford's new Fusion Hybrid is designed to put money back into the pockets of fuel-conscious consumers, some patent attorneys may also be a little more flush as well.

BMW patents turbocharged V6 engine design

Sacrilege. Blasphemy. Treason. Heresy. Just what sin is BMW accused of? Patenting a design for a turbocharged V6 engine. If you're not a BMW fanboy, you may be wondering, what's the big deal?

General Motors leads in fuel cell patent rankings, Honda in second place

A recent survey by JP Patent Publication shows that, from 1980 to mid-2011, General Motors led the way with the highest aggregate score (total patent points) for fuel cell technology-related patents. In second place is Honda followed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ford applies for patent on non-electric plug-in vehicle

Plug-in vehicles are all the rage right now – witness the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Ford Transit Connect Electric all coming to market between now and the end of the year. Unfortunately, electric and hybrid vehicles carry a significant price premium over conventional models (Sam Abuelsamid

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