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Ford patents mobile theater for autonomous carsMar 11, 2016, 3:05pm PST Updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:11pm PSTINDUSTRIES & TAGS Technology, EntertainmentSHARE Order Reprints Save Article PrintGet Silicon Valley Newsletters and AlertsMorning Edition >> Afternoon Edition >> Breaking NewsEnter your email address Sign Up Jennifer EliasTechnology ReporterSilicon Valley Business JournalFord Motor Co. is really serious about self-driving cars: News that the Detroit company has created a special unit in Silicon Valley dedicated to developing autonomous cars was quickly followed Friday by the surfacing of a patent for how passengers and “drivers” may entertain themselves in such cars.Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent Office granted Ford a patent for an “autonomous vehicle entertainment system” that would “present media content on a first display while the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode.”EnlargeFord patent for an in-car entertainment system was approved by the The U.S. Patent Office.The patent describes a screen that would drop from the car’s roof and “may be by the windshield.” The system could “include a projector and a projection screen, both of which may be located within the passenger compartment.”PEOPLE ON THE MOVERick SmithSanta Clara County Association of REALTORS®Timothy GuderianArmanino LLPArthur ChiangApttusSee More People on the Move The patent also says the entertainment system could show movies or other content on the “dashboard, an instrument cluster or a rear-view mirror,” and mentions that a smartphone could be employed as the projector.Friday was a busy day on self-driving car front. In addition to the Ford news, GM bought an autonomous vehicle “kit” company reportedly for $1 billion. Meanwhile, Tesla, which is furthest along in putting self-driving cars in the hands of consumers, is expected to reveal its latest model at the end of the month.

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