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Ford Patent Filed For Vehicular Bailout Detection And Mitigation System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicular bailout detection and mitigation system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 24th, 2019, published on April 5th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11292430.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has dominated the police vehicle market for a number of years now, thanks to its commitment to endless innovation in that particular segment. The automaker has been building and selling police vehicles since 1950 and remains atop that small but profitable segment today, currently controlling around two-thirds of the market thanks to the popularity of the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and Ford F-150 Police Responder.

In recent years, Ford has patented an autonomous police car and developed a new heated software enhancement that effectively turns the Police Interceptor Utility into a giant oven, with temperatures climbing high enough to completely kill off any lingering viruses like COVID-19. Now, the automaker continues to innovate by filing a new patent depicting a vehicular bailout detection and mitigation system.

Police are often involved in chases or come upon suspects that may flee, which could result in the officer bailing from the vehicle in a hurry. Problem is, sometimes, criminals sometimes steal those unoccupied police cars or have access to the equipment inside. This new patent depicts a way to secure the vehicle automatically if it senses that the driver has bailed using sensors, after which the doors can be locked, the onboard computer logged off, a gun vault can be locked, and the ignition or various other kinds of components can be disabled if that occurs.

It’s an ingenious idea that would likely be welcomed within the law enforcement community, particularly as criminals become bolder than ever, willing and eager to steal from everyone – even the police. And on top of that, such a technology would also help continue to keep Ford on top of the police market that it has dominated for a very long time now.

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 ongoing 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. David Dickinson

    At what point in the autonomous vehicle future will you get into a “vehicle” and have facial recognition technology detect who you are, surreptitiously run your identity against of list of “criminals” and then have the vehicle lock you in and drive and deposit you somewhere you don’t want to go?

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  2. Ray

    I would be thrilled if the radio techs would just hook up the park switch on the siren box like they’re supposed to.

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