Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a seat assembly with a liquid sanitizer system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on October 1st, 2020, published on April 5th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11292376.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a number of seat-related patents over the past few months, including one for a side airbag with adaptive positioning, an energy-absorbing seat, a seat bottom-mounted airbag system, and a wet seat detection and mitigation system. This new Ford patent adds yet another to that list by introducing the idea of a seat with a built-in liquid sanitizer system for public transportation vehicles. This comes nearly two years after Ford launched a new heated software enhancement that effectively turns its Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor Utility into a giant oven, with temperatures climbing high enough to completely kill off any lingering viruses like COVID-19.
Much like that idea, this patent was likely developed in response to concerns revolving around COVID-19 and public transportation, which was used sparingly during the early days of the pandemic as people simply stayed home or drove themselves around town to avoid germs. Many companies were/are wiping seats down and sanitizing them in between passengers, but this patent shows off a seat that can do that itself.
Inside the seat, there’s a pressurized supply of liquid sanitizer that can be dispensed onto the seat’s surface. This could presumably be completed on demand by a passenger, the driver of the vehicle, or automatically when a passenger gets up and exits the vehicle. It’s a rather simple idea, but one that has some real-world potential, even as the pandemic continues to wind down from its many peaks over the past two years or so.