• We are currently looking for experienced automotive journalists and editors to join our team.  Make $60k-$80k per year doing what you love. We are also looking for an experienced forum moderator to join our team. See details here. ×

Ford Patents An Automatically-Rotating Car Camera Mount

Sponsored Links

One effect of the miniaturization of the digital camera over the past couple of decades has been an increased interest from drivers in recording their exploits behind the wheel. The Chevrolet Corvette caters to this demand by offering the world’s first factory dash cam and data logger, which receives vehicle data like speed, RPM, acceleration forces, and steering angle, and can lay real-time readouts over the video it captures.

So what’s Ford’s answer? According to Autoblog, the automaker recently patented a new sort of in-car camera mount that can not only receive vehicle data, but also use a small motor to turn the camera automatically as programmed.

Ford’s patent describes a mount that can be placed in a number of different spots, with an internal motor that allows it to alter the camera’s yaw while it records. Since the mount receives data like the vehicle’s steering angle, it could be set to turn the camera with the direction of the front wheels so that it’s always pointed at the road ahead. Alternatively, users could decide to control the camera’s direction manually from within the car, according to the Ford patent, using the infotainment touchscreen, steering wheel controls, or a connected smart device.

Whether the data collected by the mount could ever be used to compose real-time readouts like those offered by the Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder is unclear, but it seems likely. Should Ford’s automatically-rotating car camera mount ever actually make it to market, we’re sure there’d be no shortage of Ford GT, Focus RS, and Shelby GT350 owners out there willing to bite.

Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

  • Want to see your Ford vehicle or build featured on Ford Authority? We welcome your submissions. See here for details. ×

Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ford Motor Company U.S. Sales Decrease 0.6 Percent To 172,612 Units In January 2017

Video Shows Just How Much Lower The 2018 Ford Mustang’s Hood Really Is: Video