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Automotive Industry Innovation Declines in 2014

Toyota leads auto pack with 4,300-plus inventions.

by on May.29, 2015

Despite the news about Google's push for autonomous vehicles, the rate of innovation in the auto industry fell in 2014.

Despite all the talk of driverless and connected cars, a new study suggests that the pace of innovation in the automobile industry has actually slowed in the past year.

Among the 12 technology sectors studied by Thompson Reuters, worldwide patent volume in all sectors increased just 3% over the last year, the slowest rate of patent volume growth since the end of the global recession in 2009. In addition, innovation in the powertrain area actually declined

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At the same time, the total volume of new scientific research decreased 23% during the same period, according to the study. (more…)

The 10 Weirdest Automotive Accessories Ever

JC Whitney combs through a century of parts catalogs.

by on Mar.06, 2015

Need a cup of coffee on the way to work? No problem! The In-the-Car Coffee Maker Kit could be had for just $17.95.

Blinking cats eyes, fuzzy car muffs and gyroscopic stabilizers. One thing you can say about the auto industry: it encourages inventors and entrepreneurs to come up with some wild, weird and wacky ideas.

And they have routinely found a place to bring them to market in the pages of the JC Whitney catalog. Established in 1915, at a time when there were hundreds of different brands vying for the attention of American drivers, Whitney today claims to provide “everything automotive,” as the self-described “largest direct marketer of name-brand automotive parts and accessories.”

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Both online and in its classic print calendar it offers about 1.2 million parts for over 25 million different vehicles. That list has, over the years, included some truly odd ones which Whitney archivists uncovered in an effort to celebrate the company’s centennial. (more…)