Ford Motor Co had three patents in cloud during Q4 2023. Ford Motor Co filed a patent for a computer system that processes lidar data to identify objects, including those containing personally identifiable information, and deletes the corresponding data to protect privacy. GlobalData’s report on Ford Motor gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Ford Motor grant share with cloud as a theme is 0% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Anonymizing personally identifiable information in sensor data (Patent ID: US20230375707A1)

The patent filed by Ford Motor Co. describes a computer system that processes lidar data to identify objects, including personally identifiable information, in a point cloud generated from the data. Upon identifying such objects, the system deletes a portion of the lidar data that encompasses the object. The system can also adjust the density of the point cloud in the region of the object, remove or blur additional sensing characteristics, and obscure personally identifiable information such as text, faces, or individuals walking.

Furthermore, the system can detect and obscure vibrations in the point cloud over time, adjust the point cloud based on motion data of the vehicle, and transmit the lidar data to a remote computer. The method outlined in the patent involves receiving lidar data, generating a point cloud, identifying objects with personally identifiable information, and deleting the corresponding portion of the data. Overall, the patent focuses on enhancing privacy protection in lidar data processing by effectively managing and securing personally identifiable information within the generated point cloud.

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