Auto-Diagnosis: Ford patents camera-based damage identification system

Toronto, Ontario — A new patent secured by Ford aims to record  and report vehicle body damage instantaneously from the point of impact for immediate communication directly to partners such as insurance and rental companies, according to reporting from Ford Authority. Filed on Oct. 6, 2020, published on Jan. 24, 2023 and assigned serial number […]

Accessible Autos: Humber College design Project Arrow concept for Canadians with disabilities

Toronto, Ontario – Four Humber College students have won this year’s Project Arrow Annual Mobility Design Competition, an annual design contest by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. This year, designers created a future vehicle accessible to Canada’s disability community, with the possibility of autonomous system integration. By the end of the competition, the Humber College […]

Two Tonne Shimmy: Ford patents off-road ‘crawling’ technology

Toronto, Ontario — Ford appears to be taking cues from the GMC Hummer EV with reports circulating that the automaker has been granted patent approval for a piece of tech called “Crawl Operations for Four-Wheel Steering Vehicle.” Not wanting to be the only OEM in Detroit without crawling cars, a report from The Drive found […]

Pillar of Promise: Patent approved for GM’s see-through A-pillar design

Detroit, Michigan — General Motors may have found a clear path forward in addressing pedestrian safety around SUVs, as the automaker has been granted a patent for a see-through A-pillar to potentially be used on GM’s larger vehicles. The idea is a fibre-reinforced composite A-pillar that includes one or more openings filled with a transparent resin […]

Wind In Your Shins: Jeep unveils sketches teasing ‘donut door’ designs

Toronto, Ontario — Jeep appears to be toying with some tasty new design patents, as the Stellantis-based automaker released some sketches this week, featuring a Jeep sporting “donut doors”. Jeep filed patents for the experimental transparent half-door design back in 2017, which prior to the release of the sketches, had only been seen on prototype […]