Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a tire pressure loss detection and alert system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on November 29th, 2021, published on June 9th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0176758.
The Ford Authority Take
Tire pressure monitoring systems have become a common feature on all vehicles in recent years, providing a convenient way to monitor that important metric at all times versus the old fashioned method of checking tire pressure manually. However, this new Ford patent aims to take that technology to the proverbial next level by comparing tire pressure levels between all four tires and determining ahead of time if there’s a problem, then notifying the driver before that tire goes completely flat or loses a significant amount of air pressure.
The idea here is to catch slow leaks early on, giving owners more time to repair or replace the tire before it reaches a certain threshold of air that’s considered low, as is the case with current tire pressure monitoring systems. TPMS uses real-time readings to display tire pressures, but doesn’t take into account historical data, which this Ford patent aims to do. As such, owners aren’t aware of whether tire pressure deviations are caused by a problem or a defect in the tire.
This patent makes a ton of sense in that it aims to give us more of an advanced notice that something is wrong with one of our tires, a welcome change versus experiencing that problem while driving down the road somewhere. This way, owners can proactively repair or replace their tire before it goes completely flat in the event that a nail or other puncture gets worse, which sounds like a pretty good idea to us.