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Ford and Toyota top self-driving technology league table

Both ahead of IT giants in patent terms, as traditional techniques come into focus

Toyota -- which is developing the e-Palette, an electric vehicle for autonomous mobility -- was found to be very competitive compared to its global peers in terms of patents. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

TOKYO -- Leading carmakers such as Ford Motor and Toyota Motor are catching up with tech giants in the global race to develop self-driving technology as indicated by new patent data.

The two companies claimed the top two positions on a list of most competitive firms in terms of patents related to autonomous driving technology. The list was compiled by Nikkei and based on a survey of patents registered in the U.S. by the end of January conducted by Patent Result Co., a Tokyo-based company that analyzes such licenses. 

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