CarsToyota gives away 24,000 patents to help other companies develop hybrids
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Toyota Motor Corp. -- in an unusual move for the cut-throat car business -- has decided to share with rivals an automated safety system that uses self-driving technology to keep cars from crashing. Known as the Guardian System, the technology will take control of a car and steer it around an impending crash or accelerate out of the path of an oncoming vehicle that is running a red light.
Toyota is granting free access to almost 24,000 patents related to hybrids and electrified vehicles, with the aim of helping other manufacturers more easily develop such cars.
The 23,740 patents relate to numerous areas surrounding hybrid vehicles and electrification, including electric motors, power control units and system controls.
Toyota says these systems can be applied to the development of conventional hybrids, as well as plug-ins and full EVs.
As one of the pioneers of petrol-electric hybrids, some of the patents date from as long as two decades ago, harking back to the introduction of the original Prius in 1997.
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Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp are set to launch a joint venture next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in an effort to compete with Chinese rivals, a source familiar with the matter said. The joint venture, to be owned 51 percent by Toyota and the rest by Panasonic, could also provide batteries to Toyota's EV technology partners Mazda Corp and Subaru Corp, the source said on Sunday. The source declined to be identified because the talks on the joint venture are private.
Toyota opened over 5,000 patents up in 2015, but is now opening the doors for other manufacturers to access a further 2,590 royalty-free patents relating to electric motors, 2,020 for power control units, 7,550 system control patents, and 2,380 for hydrogen fuel cell tech.
The Japanese giant says as well as royalty-free access to the patents, it will also offer “fee-based technical support” to companies developing and selling electrified vehicles using Toyota batteries, motors and control systems.
These technical support services will include “detailed explanations of tuning guides” for the company’s electrified systems.
Shigeki Terashi, Toyota’s executive vice president, said the decision to give royalty-free access to its patents was partly driven by “the high volume of enquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies”, and that “we believe that now is the time for co-operation”.
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Terashi added that electrified vehicles look set to become “standard” in the next 10 years, and Toyota hopes “to play a role in supporting that process.”
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