At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this past Monday, Toyota made headlines by doing the unthinkable: It took one step for the greater good of the auto industry by giving public access to almost 6,000 of its patents surrounding hydrogen fuel cell technology, completely royalty-free.
The patents will be made available freely to anyone in the world, and the patent portfolio covers fuel cell stacks, high-pressure hydrogen tanks, software control systems and the industrial processes that generate and supply gas, according to the BBC.
Bob Carter, senior vice president of Toyota said in a statement, “When good ideas are shared, great things can happen”. The first generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are expected to be released in the next five years, and he adds, it will “require unconventional collaboration among car makers, governments, power firms, and researchers”, as quoted by the BBC.
The first generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are expected to be released in the next five years, and he adds, it will “require unconventional collaboration among car makers, governments, power firms, and researchers”, as quoted by the BBC.
Electric vehicles have seen a surge in refuelling stations globally in the past two years, and it seems that Toyota has made this effort so as to ensure a guarantee for the much harder to find hydrogen refuelling stations.
Toyota has followed Tesla’s move, a company with controversial products and business strategies, who was the first to share its patent portfolio in 2014.
Just before the announcement was made, Toyota unveiled its Mirai car, using world renown physicist Michio Kaku to showcase it’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle that went on sale in Japan in the middle of December 2014. It will make it’s way over to the U.S. and Europe as early as fall 2015.
This year 10 car firms are attending and presenting at CES 2015, which is more than ever before. The race for the future is on!
This Is Why You Should And Should Not Get A Self-driving Car
6 Innovations That Changed The World For The Better
You Won't Believe The Affordability Of The Tesla Model 3
The Wearable That Helps The Blind See
It's Not Just About iOS versus Android, This Time!
7 Electrifying Concept Cars You'd Wish To Own
Top 5 Tech Trends from CES 2016 Day 1
Tesla Model S Became Even More Luxurious
Find Sherlock or Doctor Who At The New BBC Store
Stopify, I Mean Spotify
Major tech trends and highlights from this year’s Mobile World Congress
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus: First Impressions and New Features
14 Cool Tech Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Living smart: Alexa-enabled smart home devices from CES 2018