Ford Motor had three patents in gaming during Q1 2024. Ford Motor Co has developed a gaming device for vehicles that allows users to play computer games using input signals to influence gameplay. The device includes a user interface within the vehicle and an output device, such as a high-resolution vehicle headlamp, to display output image signals externally. GlobalData’s report on Ford Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Ford Motor had no grants in gaming as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: Gaming device for a vehicle, vehicle and method for operating a gaming device for a vehicle (Patent ID: US20240075386A1)

The patent filed by Ford Motor Co. describes a gaming device for a vehicle that includes a control device, a user interface, and an output device connected to the vehicle's high-resolution headlamps. The user interface is located in the vehicle interior and allows users to interact with the computer game being run by the control device. The output device outputs image signals to the external area of the vehicle using the high-resolution headlamps.

The claims associated with the patent detail the specific components and functionalities of the gaming device, such as the inclusion of input devices for vehicle functions, the use of high-resolution headlamps for output, and the ability of the control device to adjust image signals based on the vehicle's operating mode. The method for operating the gaming device involves changing the control device to a game mode, running a computer game based on user input signals, and outputting image signals to the external area of the vehicle through the high-resolution headlamps. Additionally, the method includes detecting the vehicle's motion state to determine when the game mode can be activated, ensuring safety while using the gaming device in the vehicle.

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