View Full Version : Have Toyota gone mad?

Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
8th January 15, 07:05 AM
Toyota will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai. The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.
It’s obvious that there can be a higher societal value in openly sharing our IP... By eliminating the traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the metabolism of everyone’s research and move into a future of mobility quicker, more effectively, and more economically. Indeed I believe today marks a turning point in automotive history.

Full Tree Hugger article. (http://www.treehugger.com/cars/toyota-open-sourcing-5680-hydrogen-fuel-cell-patents.html)


^ Toyota Mirai

A crazy move?

Altruism is high places?

A desperate last chance for hydrogen cells?

Placing themselves as dominate force in an emerging technology?

Just to piss Nissan off?

Üser Friendly
8th January 15, 08:35 AM
We must all co-operate to defeat the Godzilla threat!

8th January 15, 05:15 PM
not all rich people are insane greedy pricks all the time.

Spade: The Real Snake
8th January 15, 05:34 PM
It benefits the sale of these cars, in the long run.

At best, it stated there is less than a dozen fuel stations in California and it cannot travel more than 300 miles on one charge. They are also offering free fuel for 3 years and a week's worth of free car rental per year for the next 3 years to offset the $57K price tag and entice consumers.

Tesla has a more large network of charging stations so if Toyota wants to compete with Tesla....hell even compete with Nissan....they need to make it financially beneficial for them.

One way would be to let others do some of the heavy-lifting.

14th January 15, 11:23 AM
^ I share Snake's view. They don't have the time/expertise/resources to develop the tech themselves. By following Tesla's lead, they hope to have a third party skunkworks industry develop and eliminate a ton of R&D costs.

True, they will have to share future profits, but they accelerate the path to profitability this way.