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Ford Wants To Make The F-Series A Movie Theatre


The pickup truck has no shortage of usefulness, and the people at Ford seem to be continually innovating new ways to use the utilitarian truck bed of the F-Series. Normally associated with work, a recent patent filing brings the usefulness of the truck bed into the realm of recreation. Specifically, movie entertainment.

A new patent was published by back in 2017 Ford that is titled, “portable entertainment support system for a pickup truck box,” and will look to bring the drive-in movie theater to you, rather than the other way around. The patent currently assigned to Ford Global Technologies describes a drop-in solution for the bed of the F-Series that will support an entertainment system using receptacles in the sidewalls.

From the patent, “the entertainment support system includes a first mount having a first horizontal arm extending between opposing sidewalls of the truck box, and a vertical arm extending orthogonal to the first horizontal arm.” The explanation continues, “the entertainment support system further includes a second mount including a second horizontal arm extending between the opposing sidewalls parallel to and spaced from the first horizontal arm.”

Now imagine that dropped tailgate covered in snacks. And lawn chairs surrounding it. With a bit of LTE reception, it’s easy to imagine the night game being played in the stadium next door being streamed through the projector for fans to enjoy. It would be a next level tailgate party, from the future.

What do you think? Would you like to turn your F-Series into a portable movie theatre? Do you want to Netflix and chill with your significant other without leaving your truck behind? We’re curious as to if and when this will actually see production, but we don’t doubt that buyers would eat it up. You can check out the patent in its entirety here.

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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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  1. Bob Dobson

    Great idea but for a company that has really struggled with technology rollouts in their vehicles they should maybe use these engineers time for more important tasks like making sure SYNC3 actually works properly. Or how about making sure their 4G modem antenna doesn’t conflict with SiriusXM antenna as it does for all the 2018 MY vehicles. There is lots of other tech to engineer before adding a movie theater.

  2. Todd Priest

    Ha! Ha! What could go wrong? Think about it. In todays delicate climate? Someone is sure to be offended by seeing what someone else is viewing.


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