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.
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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.