New Ford Bed Features ‘Lane Keeping’ To Keep Sleepers In Place

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Ford decided to take some nifty tech from their automobiles and insert it into your home. Specifically a place that you spend a lot of your time. That’s right, Ford has developed a ‘smart bed’. Don’t know what a smart bed is? No worries, we didn’t either until we watched this video.

Ford’s “Lane-Keeping Bed” applies the lane departure technology from Ford’s cars to stop pesky beg hogs and space invaders. That’s right, now you can ask your significant other to “stay in their lane,” and they actually will. If you sleep with someone who is always moving around, rolling over, or pushing you off the bed, this sounds like just the bed for you.

The lane-keeping Ford bed is essential a treadmill or conveyor belt or whatever you want to call it. When someone has strayed from their side of the bed, the smart bed will gently return them to where they should be, using an integrated conveyor belt.

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“When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed,” said Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert. “Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we’re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly. If someone moves onto your side of the bed this defense mechanism will kick in and you’ll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly. I’ve seen it ruin relationships.”

We think this is a bit silly to be honest. We’re also not sure (because we haven’t experienced it for ourselves) how gentle the Ford bed will really be when it moves you back onto your side of the bed. Couldn’t that movement wake you or your partner up and disturb your sleep? Okay, let’s not be too critical, it’s just a prototype.

What do you think of this lane-keeping Ford bed? Let us know in the comments below, and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford news.

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Written by Austin Rexinger

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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