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Ford & GM accepting ideas from the public?

mindmotion's Avatar

Saw an article that day on Yahoo that Ford accepts ideas from the public and they also listed a few ideas that they don't want you to waste time on (their time). I got the impression from the article that Ford will even help you to protect your ideas. I visited Ford and GM's website and looks like they only accept protected ideas. I can't find the article anymore (should have bookmarked it). 

Anyone out there aware of any of this?

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sunto's Avatar

I remember a very good film about ford ripping of someone. 

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speedbump's Avatar

Ramanathan .... I can't post links but you can access the Ford an GM submission pages by typing in either  ....

Ford invention submissions ..... 

and GM idea submission .... 

and then clicking on the links that come up for the two companies.

I just  glanced at the pages but it looks like Ford is open to many different types of submissions while GM may be a little more selective on what they will look at. It appears that both companies leave it up to the person who is submitting the idea to be responsible for protecting their idea.

Ramanathan Srinivasan
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mindmotion's Avatar

Thanks Archie for the information. Yes David I remember hearing about that movie. I think it was about the inventor of the intermittent wipers. I believe he finally won the case, after his passing away. Hopefully in this information age they wouldn't do something like that. It would be bad for their reputation and bad news travels fast these days.

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Having successfully worked in conjunction with the Big 3 Auto companies, I can tell you it is very difficult to get past their "Not invented Here" syndrome. They pay a huge amount in salaries to their engineers and do not like to be shown up from outsiders. The best route is through one of their Tier One existing suppliers - those suppliers building interior components, electronics, tires etc.

With that being said...............

The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here's a little factoid for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately. The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed. Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown. And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show -- Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.

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David, I Believe It Is The Movie Flash Of Genius.

Ramanathan Srinivasan
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