When the 2015 Ford F-150 was revealed during the 2014 North American International Auto Show, it sent many critics writing about how the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra had a lot of catching up to do. Whether that’s true or not, it doesn’t change the fact that the 2015 F-150 features the most patents of any Ford truck to-date, and features a lot of innovations that the GM trucks do not, and we’re not just talking about aluminum here.
One specific work solution that 2015 F-150 promises is its BoxLink system, which, as described by Ford, is a “cargo management system includes lockable, die-cast aluminum tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs. Available segment-first cargo ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles or mowers.” GM trucks don’t exactly offer this type of feature today.
However, we’re here to say that The General doesn’t seem to be standing still on the matter, and has moved to trademark the “GearOn” name, based on a very recent USPTO filing — which is accessible to the public. This name is for a feature described as “truck bed cargo system comprised of tiered storage cross rails, utility rack stanchions, cargo dividers and cargo tie down rings.” Sounds pretty similar to BoxLink, if you ask us. It also sounds very similar to “Goron,” which is a race of mountain-dwellers in The Legend of Zelda series, just like the aquatic Zora race, which was a name also recently trademarked by GM. At this rate, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw “Triforce” in the USPTO database next. Probably as some sort of triple turbo setup.
At any rate, maybe somebody important read our list of 10 suggestions that GM’s trucks could use right now.