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Is New Patent a Signal of Ford Readying for Self-Driving Cars?

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ChasChas
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Re: prior art
ChasChas   9/1/2015 9:00:43 AM
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And it is obviously not non-obvious.

Battar
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Battar   8/31/2015 8:30:36 AM
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If you are going to sit with your back to the traffic, perhaps rearwad facing would be the default position. And, if you are alone in the car, you are going to sit in the back seat and put your feet up on the rearward facing front seat, right?

By the time legislators, regulaors and insurance companied actually allow driverless cars on the streets (with no forward looking safety driver) this patent will have lapsed. 

William K.
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The patent is to cover their backsides, a good move.
William K.   8/29/2015 5:22:19 PM
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Ford applied for a broad patent primarily to cover themselves, which is smart, since reconfigurable seats are going to be in big demand when traffic slows down so much because the self driving system can't deal with heavy traffic any other way. Sit back and play cards while the massive jams slowly clear.

Jerry dycus
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prior art
Jerry dycus   8/29/2015 11:19:59 AM
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Sorry but way too much prior art for this patent to mean anything.

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