Ford Motor Company recently took part in a two-day festival celebrating American innovation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The automaker was one of 10 companies selected to exhibit a technology product — its patented inflatable seatbelt — during the Innovation Festival, November 1st and 2nd, presented by the Smithsonian Institution in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office.
The festival allows the public to see breakthrough, patented American technologies developed by corporations, academic institutions, the federal government and the independent inventor community and includes innovation-related programs and hands-on educational events.
“Ford has a rich history of developing industry-first technology,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO, Ford Global Technologies, “and for that effort, and to be recognized by such a prestigious institution, is a great honor for our team.”
The Innovation Festival is part of a five-year agreement between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Smithsonian Institution to develop programs and exhibitions celebrating American innovation.