Take over steering by tilting a device or touching a virtual wheel.
Last year McLaren Automotive Limited applied to trademark the name "McLaren GT" in the U.S. and the UK. Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the request. It's tempting to wonder if we're looking at the name of the new McLaren monster car, the three-seat road-going Ultimate Series offering so far known as BP23. McLaren has, after all, called the coupe a "Hyper-GT" in an official press release.
Toyota's aerocar patent design can stow its wings inside the body, so it'll look normal (ish) on the road.
Patent images of the new Honda Civic Hatchback have popped up, showing a vehicle that's largely similar to the Geneva Motor Show concept.
Ford is thinking about allowing drivers to remove a rear wheel and attach it to an electric unicycle. Yes, we're serious. There's a patent and everything.
Buick has filed a pair of new trademarks that could point to the arrival of a wagon variant of the next-gen Regal sedan in 2017.
The US Trademark Office suspends GM's application for the Bolt trademark because Yamaha already has one for its motorcycle.
Chevrolet has reapplied for the trademark "Crossvolt." It originally applied for the name in 2011, then let the application expire this year. The theory is that the name could be applied to a Chevrolet Volt crossover.
Fiat files trademark registration with the USPTO for the model names "124" and "124 Spider." The filing could presage a Fiat coupe and convertible built on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata platform that was previously going to be used for a new Alfa Romeo.
Ssangyong files applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the names "Tivoli" and "Luvent." Consumer Reports says the brand eyes entering the US market in the next two years with a subcompact crossover that will launch in other global markets next year, and a hatchback built on the same platform.
On May 27, a week before General Motors applied for a trademark for the word "Zora," GM filed a trademark application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for "GearOn," characterized as a "truck bed cargo system comprised of tiered storage cross rails, utility rack stanchions, cargo dividers and cargo tie down rings."
Tech users of the world beware – just as touchscreens have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives over the past decade, gesture-based controls will do the same in the coming years. And yes, that includes gesture-enabled cars, according to a patent filing by Google.