Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a jump start system that would use drones, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 3rd, 2017, published on March 8th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11271420.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has explored the use of drones in a number of ways in recent years, partnering with Drone Delivery Canada and the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies on a new research endeavor that is testing an automated drone as it tracks and lands on a moving ground vehicle within a designated flight arena. The automaker also used a drone in conjunction with its Bronco Sport Off-Roadeo Adventure Patrol concept and has filed a number of drone-related patents lately, including one for a vehicular drone storage compartment system and another depicting a drone that could help owners locate their vehicle.
This latest Ford patent is a bit different in that it depicts a drone that could be deployed to jump-start vehicles with dead batteries, which would prove useful when drivers find themselves stranded out in remote locations. This would presumably be faster and more efficient than deploying a truck or service vehicle of some sort as well.
The Ford patent notes that a stranded driver with a dead battery could put in a request for a charge, at which point the drone would be able to pinpoint the vehicle’s location, fly to it, and connect itself to the vehicle’s battery for a quick charge. The drone and the vehicle would be able to communicate with each other in that regard, and the drone would even know where the charge points are located on the vehicle.
This is certainly an interesting idea, and it builds upon The Blue Oval’s recent fascination with drones in a different way. If nothing else, it seems like a convenient way to solve a common problem that almost all of us have faced at least once in our lifetimes.