Report: Ford sucked into a lawsuit for stealing blinker technology

It is strange but true, but Ford has just been sued for installing the lane change flick feature found on most of their more recent models, including models that may not be badged as Fords. Designed to be a convenience feature, the turn signal is activated by flicking the stalk in one direction after which the indicator will flash three times; this feature is designed for passing and lane change maneuvers.

The patent is held by former General Motors engineer Richard Ponziani, who recieved the patent in 2008. Ford packaged the feature on their Fusion, Taurus, Edge and F-Series Trucks in 2009. It will be interesting to see how much Ponziani gets to collect from the settlement, if any.

-By: Sawyer Sutton

Source: Bloomberg

Sawyer Sutton

Sawyer Sutton is a long-time Vermonter and lover of cars, big machinery, and photography. These are his words on cars as Senior Editor of egmCarTech.

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