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Volvo x Nils Bohlin: Saving the lives of millions (Think of this the next time you’re in a car)

In 1959, Volvo delivered its first car that used Bohlin’s answer, a three point seat belt…[in]….every car sold today. Volvo received a patent for the design in 1962, but rather than hoard it, they gave it to the world. Volvo shared the design, allowed any carmaker to use it, and sent Bohlin on a world tour to encourage its use

via Volvo Gave Away the Most Important Design They Ever Patented | priceconomics.com

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I just thought I’d put this up on my site and share this with you quickly because usually this thing would be unheard for a business but hey… people still drive Volvo‘s eh? yes, as the writer notes, the decision conflated nicely with their safety conscious image (probably resulting in better PR) but can you imagine the actual amount of royalties that they have potentially given up since the original decision? some things are more important though such as the lives of millions that this invention has saved including people close to me…and close to you too. click on the link for more but I’ll close with this paragraph

The story of how Volvo made their life saving patent available to the world (they called it an “open patent”) is a nice one. By showing the counterfactual, it’s also a reminder of what happens when companies do not pull a Volvo and keep their life saving inventions locked up behind patents

* DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OR HAVE EVER OWNED A VOLVO VEHICLE. I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER BEEN IN ONE TBH *

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One thought on “Volvo x Nils Bohlin: Saving the lives of millions (Think of this the next time you’re in a car)

  1. Frippe казва:Huvudet pe5 spiken. Detta e4r ett tokonlegiskt sje4lvmord. Jag undrar hur upphandlare/utredare har te4nkt ne4r det ge4ller program som ste4ndigt e4r under utveckling. Troligt e4r att de inte hade tillre4ckligt med kompetens ff6r att ff6rste5 hur mycket detta begre4nsar utveckligen och belastar skolornas budget.

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