Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a multi-panel bed for pickup trucks, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on January 11th, 2021, published on July 14th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0219624.
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Ford has filed a number of bed-related patents in recent months, including one for a pickup truck bed to cab pass through system and another for a magnetic bed. Back in February of 2021, the automaker also trademarked the term “Flexbed,” which went on to debut on the 2022 Ford Maverick as a more useful space with plenty of cool DIY potential as well. Now, this new Ford patent for a multi-panel bed looks like a natural evolution of that same feature.
This Ford patent depicts a truck bed that features two support panels/structures on each side – an upper panel and a lower panel. The upper panel contains a number of indentations, while the lower panel has extensions that are designed to fit in those indentations. Using those components together, owners would be able to compartmentalize their pickup beds into “pockets,” which could then be used to place things like boards or other platforms. Additionally, a sheet of plywood can fit neatly in the bed on the panels as well.
This two-panel structure seems like an easy and inexpensive way to add functionality to a truck bed, particularly in a world where manufacturers are constantly one-upping each other in that regard. This system simply offers more choices in terms of how to compartmentalize one’s pickup bed for hauling or storing items, giving owners increased flexibility and convenience, which is always welcome in the world of trucks.