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Ford Patent Filed For Adaptive Start / Stop System


Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a an adaptive start-stop system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on November 4th, 2020, published on May 5th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0136474.

The Ford Authority Take

Auto stop-start is a common feature present on most new vehicles these days, though the semiconductor chip shortage has prompted Ford to remove it temporarily from a number of models over the past several months. Those vehicles include the 2022 Ford Ranger back in January (along with around 100 Australian Rangers), the 2022 Ford Expedition in March, the 2022 Ford Explorer a couple of months ago, and the 2022 Ford F-150 earlier this year. Regardless, this new Ford patent explores a new way to deploy automatic stop-start systems – in an adaptive manner.

This Ford patent outlines the details of how an adaptive start-stop system might work, as well as addressing the anxiety some feel while driving with traditional systems in heavier traffic. Aside from the current method of employing a button to turn the system off, Ford has also explored the idea of having the system turn on or off automatically based in the driver’s mood, which it could read by using a camera to read the driver’s facial expressions and in turn, their level of anxiety.

This new patent explores the idea of using not only a driver’s emotional state, but also vehicle data to determine when auto stop-start should be used or disengaged. For example, if the system detects a stressful heavy traffic situation, it could automatically turn off auto start-stop until the vehicle reaches a less stressful portion of the road. To gather this data, the system could use cameras, sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and/or the vehicle’s navigation system.

Given the general distaste that many consumers have for auto start-stop systems, it’s not surprising to learn that Ford is working to make them less intrusive and stressful. Whether or not this adaptive system can make the feature more palatable remains to be seen, however.

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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  1. Stephen Ketterer

    It’s about time they rethought this feature!

  2. Dee Hart

    Auto Start/Stop is the most dangerous system ever dreamed up by idiots… That split second the vehicle needs to restart may be the difference between escaping out of the way of a vehicle out of control or being a statistic. My life is worth far more than a thimble full of gas.

    1. P.R.Ford

      Fortunately, there are aftermarket auto stop/start eliminators that will turn this feature off permanently.

  3. RonArb

    Stop / Start should be an OPTION ONLY ! Ford engineers should not overthink the overall usage of this feature.

  4. Ray

    They’re overcomplicating this with facial recognition. Instead, just listen for the driver to curse about it and then disable it.

  5. Dave Mathers

    Stop/start is great and the engine restarts in milliseconds. Adaptive cruise is awesome. In stop and go traffic – turn on adaptive and it will keep you a safe and steady distance behind the vehicle ahead meaning you are not constantly on/off the brakes and/or gas.

  6. TSH

    The Auto Stop/Start is certainly not “the most dangerous system ever dreamed up…”. If you can’t handle it and are so worried about it, then simply turn it off. It is very short-sighted to make a statement like you have. Perhaps you’re the idiot in the equation.

  7. Doug

    hate it just got a Ford Maverick would have payed more NOT to have it !!!!!


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