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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.

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