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Toyota to encourage others to use its patented technologies for free

Toyota to encourage others to use its patented technologies for free

LAS VEGAS: Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed the Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.

Becoming James Bond may be easier than you think in the future. Connected cars, like a BMW that parks or picks you up after a command from a smart watch, are one of the hot ticket items at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a new way to write as Lenovo launched AnyPen, which lets you write on a tablet with any ordinary pen or pencil. And LG unveiled a new curved smartphone. The International isn’t typically a major forum for mobile products, as many manufacturers wait a month or two for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But it’s hard to separate mobile from other technologies these days.