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 December 1st, 2020, published on June 2nd, 2022, and assigned serial number 0169165.
The Ford Authority Take
Even though we’re on the backside of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ford continues to explore ideas to eliminate germs in vehicles via a few recent patent filings, including one for a seat assembly with a liquid sanitizer system while also introducing a heated sanitation solution for the 2022 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility. Now, this new Ford patent aims to build upon those ideas somewhat by presenting an idea for not only an in-vehicle liquid sanitation system, but also one that incorporates a UV light cleaner.
The purpose of the system depicted in this Ford patent is to completely eliminate germs from an occupant’s hands by using a two pronged approach. A liquid sanitizer dispenser is located in the vehicle’s center console in between the shifter and the cup holders, providing a handy way to sanitize in between stops. Then, a built-in UV light aims to kill off any germs that may be left lingering behind after the user applies that sanitizer.
What’s particularly nice about this dispenser is that when it’s not in use, it retracts neatly into the vehicle’s center console, so it’s quite literally out of sight and out of mind. Regardless, it’s unclear if such an idea will ever see the light of day, even in a world that’s been more concerned about germs than perhaps ever before. However, given Ford’s recent innovation in this area, it’s clear that the automaker feels like at least some customers would be interested in such a solution.