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Ford Patent Filed For Hydroplaning Prevention System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a hydroplaning prevention system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 8th, 2019, published on March 1st, 2022, and assigned serial number US11260867B2.

The Ford Authority Take

Modern vehicles have come a long way in terms of advanced traction and stability control systems, while tire technology has also improved considerably in recent years. At the same time, Ford has been researching ways to optimize traction and fuel economy using a wide variety of methods, including artificial intelligence.

This new Ford patent takes that effort even further by specifically focusing on preventing hydroplaning, or what most refer to when a vehicle loses control on a wet surface. Even with all of the advances in vehicle and tire technology in recent years, hydroplaning remains a big problem that most of us have experienced at least once in our lives, no matter how skilled we are at driving.

This Ford patent aims to prevent that from happening in the first place by using a vehicle’s sensors, weather reports, and topographical data to determine when and where hydroplaning could occur, then either finding a way around the hazard or controlling the steering and throttle/brakes to prevent the vehicle from spiraling out of control.

It’s an interesting concept that certainly has a place in the automotive world, particularly as automakers like Ford aim to make vehicles as safe as possible using the latest technology such as A.I. and connected services. Thus, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a feature like this wind up in a production vehicle at some point in the future, or at least launch as part of another driver-assist feature.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Stephen Ketterer

    So now we’re training people to drive on bald tires?

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    1. You

      How are you spinning this as a bad thing?

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      1. Stephen Ketterer

        Think.

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  2. MontanaGriz

    Sounds good to me; anything that will assist drivers and passengers in the noble pursuit of staying alive while under way is worth investigating and, if possible, implementing. I remember my great-grandfather who finally drove a vehicle with an automobile with an automatic transmission. He didn’t like it. “Took too much control away from me, and let the car have it”, was his logic. It seems that more and more technological innovations are presenting ways to help prevent casualties and fatalities. The 5 mph bumpers in the 70s were immediately proven to do exactly what they purported to do. Same with the high-centered brake light. Also the same with passive restraints, which I guess are now exclusively air bags, and on all new vehicles sold in the US of A. While I doubt a hydroplaning deterrent system will be mandated for new vehicles, any of us who’ve driven on Montana highways after the Spring Thaw know that nothing is predictable, no matter how safely we think we drive.
    As a Ford owner and a Ford stock owner, I’m all in for innovation from The Oval. Not all of it will be adopted or adapted, but trying to save lives is never a useless pursuit.

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  3. NCEcoBoost

    Clearly, Ford’s patent division has been drinking way too much coffee this past week or so. Seems like another new patent every hour.

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