Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an integrated goods and services ordering system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on December 15th, 2020, published on June 16th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0188903.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a host of convenience-related automotive patents in the past few months, including one for a digital personal assistant with a configurable personality, a “pet mode,” an augmented reality display for locating vehicles, and an advanced valet mode system. Now, this new Ford patent aims to give owners the opportunity to order goods and services directly from their vehicle, an interesting idea given the fact that the automaker’s FordPass app has become an incredibly popular and widely-used entity in recent years.
This new Ford patent depicts a system that would not only let the occupants of a vehicle order goods and services from inside the vehicle, but those items could also then be delivered directly to the vehicle, too. It’s another interesting way that connected vehicle services could add convenience to our daily lives in the future, in this case by communicating with other entities to communicate our need for something, whether that be retail goods or just a warm meal.
The patent mentions a few uses for this sort of technology, including ordering food from a restaurant, groceries from the grocery store, or even firing up a car wash remotely, it seems. The system would also be capable of processing payments, which is undoubtedly convenient, and gives owners a hands-free way to secure all sorts of goods and services, without even having to set foot outside of their vehicle.