Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a pet monitoring and control system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on December 17th, 2020, published on June 23rd, 2022, and assigned serial number 0194228.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a number of pet-related patents in recent months, including one for a “pet mode” similar to what’s currently offered in Tesla vehicles, another for a seat bottom mounted airbag that protects pets, and a filing for an integrated pet bowl with water level sensing technology. Now, this new Ford patent continues that theme by aiming to make our furry friends a bit more comfortable in our vehicles.
This particular Ford patent describes a pet monitoring and control system that utilizes various RF sensors to determine where a pet is located within a vehicle and then controls one or more vehicle functions based on that information. That includes opening or closing the windows based on temperature whether it’s stationary or moving, adjusting the climate control based on the pet’s location, manipulating the vehicle’s display, turning on heated or air conditioned seats if the pet’s temperature gets too low or too high, and even closing the window if it detects rain outside.
Clearly, Ford is well aware of the fact that most pet owners treat their furry friends as family members, and most are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their comfort. Whether or not a system like what’s depicted in this patent actually makes it into a production vehicle remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t surprise us in the least.