Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a power outage detection and response system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on November 16th, 2020, published on June 21st, 2022, and assigned serial number 11369017.
The Ford Authority Take
Pro Power Onboard is one of Ford’s most innovative features to date, giving owners a portable power source when the lights go out for whatever reason, as well as a source of portable power for job sites and other applications. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning introduced an even more powerful version of this feature, which enables it to charge other EVs and even power a home for days at a time. Ford also explored ways to expand this usefulness in the future recently when it filed a patent for portable battery packs for EVs and other electronic devices.
Now, a new Ford patent takes a different approach to this concept – not by using a system to power other things, but rather, to help people navigate dark areas in the event of a power outage. The system outlined in this patent utilizes various sensors to detect when a power outage has occurred, at which point the vehicle automatically activates its lighting system to illuminate surrounding areas such as sidewalks and parking garages so that pedestrians can see where they’re going.
Even more interestingly, the patent notes that the system would even be able to physically move a vehicle so that it could provide lighting in areas that need it. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and one that could see use in future models, particularly as power outages have become more and more common in recent years.
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