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Patent Filing Suggests Ford Bronco May Get Advanced Handle Assembly

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a possible Ford Bronco advanced handle assembly, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on January 5th, 2021, published on July 7th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0212587.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a number of Bronco-related patents in recent months, including one for a roof chair system, an integrated sand ladder, and a handle assembly with a built-in display. Now, the automaker continues its focus on innovating new features for the rugged off-road SUV with a new Ford patent filing for an advanced handle assembly that’s far more capable than a basic handle for the passenger to hold on to.

This Ford patent depicts a grab handle that features a sensor that can determine when a passenger is holding onto it and how hard they’re gripping the apparatus, and can in turn activate any number of devices based on that particular signal. It can also determine whether it’s the driver or passenger grabbing the handle, adjust vehicle settings if it detects that the SUV is traveling over rough roads, and then revert back to normal settings if the occupant eases or removes their grip completely.

This sort of feature makes sense in an off-road vehicle like the Bronco, which employs handles as a way for passengers to “hang on” while the driver navigates over rough, uneven terrain, aside from simply aiding ingress and egress. It’s certainly an interesting idea if nothing else, and seems like yet another way to automate drive modes, which have become more and more prevalent (and useful) in modern vehicles, particularly so with the Bronco’s now-famous G.O.A.T. modes.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Bronco newsFord trademark news, Ford business news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. John

    So, a passenger grips the handle and the Bronco stops in its tracks because the passenger is getting motion sickness? Unless the driver becomes unresponsive due to a medical issue I don’t quite see the purpose of a passenger controlling any part of vehicle motion outside of yelling at the driver!

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  2. Anh kiet vo

    I have been waited from Jan 2021 ,pushed to 2022 ,still waiting for my Bronco 2.7L ,V6,outer bank with Sasquad.When i will get my car,even put a down already

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  3. Pete Wollford

    They would work better in boats. No thanks on all the tech for four wheeling kinda defeats the purpose. Just another way to increase vehicle price.

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  4. Jerry Kehoe

    We bought a 2022 Bronco Sport, We love it.
    Rides Great! Roomy, like our Escape! Great
    Looks call back to the car wash velocity blue metallic

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