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Ford Patent Filed For Device Detection And Reporting System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a device detection and reporting system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on February 8th, 2021, published on August 11th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0250582.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a number of patents pertaining to detection systems and vehicle security in recent months, including one for a luggage detection and tracking system, a parental control and child detection system, a vehicular key fob relay attack prevention system, a vehicle-to-vehicle security system, and a vehicular facial recognition system. Now, this new Ford patent aims to detect and report when foreign devices are present inside of a vehicle, an idea that acts as somewhat of an anti-theft system.

According to this Ford patent, the system would be capable of scanning a vehicle and detecting device signals using an array of sensors. The system would also be able to record signatures associated with those devices and transmit them to a remote server, which can then decide whether or not authorities need to be notified, disable the vehicle, or notify the owner, depending on the type of signal it receives.

Ford specifically mentions in the patent that the ever-growing presence of technology in vehicles is creating problems for security, as hackers are able to sometimes gain access to vehicles from a long distance without detection. The system outlined in this patent aims to prevent that from happening by detecting when or if a foreign device is in the vehicle, which would also help in the event that someone is trying to track a person by placing a device like a cell phone in their vehicle, too.

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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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  1. The Gentle Grizzly

    Foreign object detection? Will it go into overload when it detects all the Chinese content of the vehicle in which this needless device is installed?

  2. Phil

    A co-worker has his new vehicle recently stolen and 3 weeks after he finally was able to get a new replacement it was also stolen. I think he would have loved something like this. He has lost Thousands of dollars in contents and his Insurance premiums are going through the roof now. Be thankful it hasn’t happened to you personally…..YET! Technology makes it far to easy to just walk up to a vehicle and in less than a minute drive it away. Within hours the vehicle is on its way out of the country for resale.

  3. RC

    Looks like the demon-rats are trying to detect a weapon in the vehicle, carried by a CCW permit holder !!!


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