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The following is a complete list of the Reinvention of the Automobile patents. A total of 57 U.S. and International patents have been awarded; applications for 26 patents are pending. These inventions cover aspects of vehicle development as well as vehicle creation of all vehicles in the Reinvention of the Automobile program, including the GM AUTOnomy, GM Hy-Wire, GM CARousel, GM Chevy Sequel, GM Chevy Volt, Opel Ampera, Cadillac Converj, and the production-only Chevrolet Volt.


Reinventing the Automobile

VEHICLE LEVERAGING THE REINVENTING THE AUTOMOBILE PATENTS


The awarded patents and patent applications cover innovative material applications, design, business and manufacturing processes, and advanced automotive vehicle technologies (including electrical controls, by-wire systems, wheel hub motors, e-corners, energy storage and distribution, software, energy storage, driving controls, fuel cells, electric vehicle development platforms, electrification, distribution, and manufacturing methods).


Several of the patents are utilized in the production version of Chevrolet Volt electric plug-in hybrid vehicle.


Reinvention Sketches
INVENTIONS DRAWINGS BY ADRIAN CHERNOFF IN REINVENTING THE AUTOMOBILE


Published Pending Patents
20080053739    Pre-Engineered Frame portion and method of use therfor
20050161979    Vehicle body compartment lid having unitary inner panel and outer panel
20050067889    Brake-by-wire input device arrangement
20050049944    Vehicle body interchangeability
20050001455    Body and frame assembly for a vehicle and method of assembling a vehicle
20040194280    Rolling chassis and assembled bodies
20040189054    Vehicle body configurations
20040164577    Adjustable armrest
20040163859    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
20040149500    Pre-engineered frame portion and method of use therefor
20040129487    Reconfigurable by-wire foot pedals
20040099468    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire vehicle
20040069556    Chassis frame module and method of use for same
20040066025    Frontal impact energy dissipation zone
20040018632    Hydrogen processing unit for fuel cell storage systems
20030132584    Wheel module
20030127261    Wheelchair mobility system and method
20030094320    Vehicle body interchangeability
20030094319    Vehicle body interchangeability
20030040979    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions
20030040828    Accelerated vehicle development process
20030038470    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with a hvac system
20030038442    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same
20030037987    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
20030037975    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
20030037973    Fuel cell powered chassis mobile electrical source and method of use thereof
20030037970    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals


Reinventing the Automobile Patents

A SNAPSHOT OF 16 AWARDED REINVENTING THE AUTOMOBILE PATENTS


Several of patents are utilized in the production Chevrolet Volt electric plug-in hybrid vehicle.



Reinvention Patent Links

Reinventing Vehicle Platforms               Reinventing Vehicle Interiors

Reinventing Vehicle Structures               Reinventing Vehicle Driving

Reinventing Vehicle Safety                  Reinventing Vehicle Systems

Reinventing Vehicle Electrification         Reinventing Vehicle Connectivity

 


47 United States Awarded Patents

7,597,169    Wheel module

7,441,615    Modular chassis with simplified body-attachment interface

7,398,846    Vehicle wheel system

7,373,315    Vehicle body business methods

7,360,816    Vehicle development process characterized by market responsiveness

7,303,033    Vehicle frame assembly and method for same

7,292,992    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions

7,281,600    Pre-engineered frame portion and method of use therefor

7,275,609    Vehicle body connection system

7,142,963    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire system

7,104,581    Vehicle body interchangeability

7,096,986    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with ram air circulation system

7,083,016    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with waste heat rejection system

7,036,848    Vehicle body configurations

7,032,958    Body and frame assembly for a vehicle and method of assembling a vehicle

7,028,791    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with a hvac system

7,004,502    Frontal impact energy dissipation zone

7,000,318    Method of designing and manufacturing vehicles

6,997,281    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire vehicle

6,991,060    Vehicle having a movable driving position

6,986,401    Systems packaged within flat vehicle chassis

6,976,307    Accelerated vehicle development process

6,971,471    Multi-directional drive

6,968,918    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same

6,959,475    Vehicle body business methods

6,948,740    Vehicle with multiple driver interfaces

6,948,226    Chassis frame packaging cavity loading method

6,938,712    Fuel cell powered chassis mobile electrical source and method of use thereof

6,935,658    Chassis frame module and method of use for same

6,935,449    Vehicle electrical distribution system and method of use therefor

6,923,282    Chassis subassembly module and method for using same

6,923,281    Full size vehicle remote control technology

6,905,138    Chassis with energy-absorption zones

6,899,194    Lower vehicle body structure and method of use therefor

6,898,496    Pivoting arm driver control input device

6,889,785    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

6,880,856    Vehicle body configurations

6,880,855    Rotary driver control input device

6,857,498    Console with driver's interface

6,845,839    Vehicle body platform

6,843,336    Vehicle belly pan

6,836,943    Vehicle body manufacturing process

6,830,117    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

6,827,174    Driver control input device having opposing movable posts for steering

6,766,873    Fuel cell vehicle with by-wire technology

6,726,438    Chassis stacking

6,712,164    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals


10 Awarded International Patents

WO03054500    Wheel module

WO03049964    Modular chassis with simplified body attachment interface

WO03019328    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions

WO03019309    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same

WO03018373    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

WO03018359    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

WO03018361    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

WO03018358    Vehicle-body configurations

WO03018345    Fuel cell vehicle with by-wire technology

WO03018337    Vehicle body interchangeability


26 Published Pending Patent Applications

20080053739    Pre-Engineered Frame portion and method of use therefor

20050161979    Vehicle body compartment lid having unitary inner panel and outer panel

20050067889    Brake-by-wire input device arrangement

20050049944    Vehicle body interchangeability

20050001455    Body and frame assembly for a vehicle and method of assembling a vehicle

20040194280    Rolling chassis and assembled bodies

20040189054    Vehicle body configurations

20040164577    Adjustable armrest

20040163859    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

20040149500    Pre-engineered frame portion and method of use therefor

20040129487    Reconfigurable by-wire foot pedals

20040099468    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire vehicle

20040069556    Chassis frame module and method of use for same

20040066025    Frontal impact energy dissipation zone

20040018632    Hydrogen processing unit for fuel cell storage systems

20030127261    Wheelchair mobility system and method

20030094320    Vehicle body interchangeability

20030094319    Vehicle body interchangeability

20030040979    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions

20030040828    Accelerated vehicle development process

20030038470    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with a hvac system

20030038442    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same

20030037987    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

20030037975    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals

20030037973    Fuel cell powered chassis mobile electrical source and method of use thereof

20030037970    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals


 

Reinventing the Automobile: The Complete Patent List

“My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business.”


Frederick W. Smith, Founder of Southwest Airlines

46 United States Patents
7,441,615    Modular chassis with simplified body-attachment interface
7,398,846    Vehicle wheel system
7,373,315    Vehicle body business methods 
7,360,816    Vehicle development process characterized by market responsiveness
7,303,033    Vehicle frame assembly and method for same
7,292,992    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions
7,281,600    Pre-engineered frame portion and method of use therefor
7,275,609    Vehicle body connection system
7,142,963    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire system
7,104,581    Vehicle body interchangeability
7,096,986    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with ram air circulation system
7,083,016    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with waste heat rejection system
7,036,848	Vehicle body configurations
7,032,958	Body and frame assembly for a vehicle and method of assembling a vehicle
7,028,791	Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with a hvac system
7,004,502	Frontal impact energy dissipation zone
7,000,318	Method of designing and manufacturing vehicles
6,997,281    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire vehicle
6,991,060    Vehicle having a movable driving position
6,986,401    Systems packaged within flat vehicle chassis
6,976,307    Accelerated vehicle development process
6,971,471    Multi-directional drive
6,968,918    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same
6,959,475    Vehicle body business methods
6,948,740    Vehicle with multiple driver interfaces
6,948,226    Chassis frame packaging cavity loading method
6,938,712    Fuel cell powered chassis mobile electrical source and method of use thereof
6,935,658    Chassis frame module and method of use for same
6,935,449    Vehicle electrical distribution system and method of use therefor
6,923,282    Chassis subassembly module and method for using same
6,923,281    Full size vehicle remote control technology
6,905,138    Chassis with energy-absorption zones
6,899,194    Lower vehicle body structure and method of use therefor
6,898,496    Pivoting arm driver control input device
6,889,785    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
6,880,856    Vehicle body configurations
6,880,855    Rotary driver control input device
6,857,498    Console with driver's interface
6,845,839    Vehicle body platform
6,843,336    Vehicle belly pan
6,836,943    Vehicle body manufacturing process
6,830,117    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
6,827,174    Driver control input device having opposing movable posts for steering
6,766,873    Fuel cell vehicle with by-wire technology
6,726,438    Chassis stacking
6,712,164    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
46 United States Patents
7,441,615    Modular chassis with simplified body-attachment interface
7,398,846    Vehicle wheel system
7,373,315    Vehicle body business methods 
7,360,816    Vehicle development process characterized by market responsiveness
7,303,033    Vehicle frame assembly and method for same
7,292,992    Methods of conducting vehicle business transactions
7,281,600    Pre-engineered frame portion and method of use therefor
7,275,609    Vehicle body connection system
7,142,963    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire system
7,104,581    Vehicle body interchangeability
7,096,986    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with ram air circulation system
7,083,016    Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with waste heat rejection system
7,036,848	Vehicle body configurations
7,032,958	Body and frame assembly for a vehicle and method of assembling a vehicle
7,028,791	Mobile chassis and interchangeable vehicle body with a hvac system
7,004,502	Frontal impact energy dissipation zone
7,000,318	Method of designing and manufacturing vehicles
6,997,281    Driver control input device for drive-by-wire vehicle
6,991,060    Vehicle having a movable driving position
6,986,401    Systems packaged within flat vehicle chassis
6,976,307    Accelerated vehicle development process
6,971,471    Multi-directional drive
6,968,918    Vehicle chassis having programmable operating characteristics and method for using same
6,959,475    Vehicle body business methods
6,948,740    Vehicle with multiple driver interfaces
6,948,226    Chassis frame packaging cavity loading method
6,938,712    Fuel cell powered chassis mobile electrical source and method of use thereof
6,935,658    Chassis frame module and method of use for same
6,935,449    Vehicle electrical distribution system and method of use therefor
6,923,282    Chassis subassembly module and method for using same
6,923,281    Full size vehicle remote control technology
6,905,138    Chassis with energy-absorption zones
6,899,194    Lower vehicle body structure and method of use therefor
6,898,496    Pivoting arm driver control input device
6,889,785    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
6,880,856    Vehicle body configurations
6,880,855    Rotary driver control input device
6,857,498    Console with driver's interface
6,845,839    Vehicle body platform
6,843,336    Vehicle belly pan
6,836,943    Vehicle body manufacturing process
6,830,117    Vehicle chassis having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals
6,827,174    Driver control input device having opposing movable posts for steering
6,766,873    Fuel cell vehicle with by-wire technology
6,726,438    Chassis stacking
6,712,164    Vehicle having systems responsive to non-mechanical control signals