General Motors has filed a trademark application to register the term Protected Idle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), GM Authority has discovered.
Filed on September 20th, 2017 and assigned serial number 87615711, the filing states that the standard character mark will be used to name “Software for motor vehicles which prevents the vehicle transmission from being engaged while idling”.
The GM Authority Take
Looks like The General is looking to use the term “Protected Idle” for a technology that decouples the transmission from the engine when a vehicle is idling, something that we can see going in two different directions.
First, the technology could be a way to save fuel, which makes us wonder as to how such tech would differ from engine auto stop/start that is available currently across the automaker’s vehicle lineup. Second, Protected Idle could be a new way to prevent the transmission from being engaged (like putting it into a forward or reverse gear) if a vehicle’s key fob is not detected in the vehicle, but the vehicle is running.
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