Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a selfie button for vehicle cameras with a flash, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 11th, 2021, published on August 11th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0250544.
The Ford Authority Take
These days, some automakers include cameras inside vehicles that are capable of doing a number of things, including monitor a driver to ensure they’re keeping their eyes on the road while semi-autonomous features are activated. However, Ford doesn’t currently offer any sort of integrated cabin camera – at least for now. The automaker patented an idea for an in-car, rotating camera mount back in 2017, while many – including us – have called for Ford to add integrated dash cameras into its vehicles, too. Additionally, The Blue Oval recently formed a joint venture with ADT to provide an enhanced security system that utilizes a vehicle’s cameras.
Now, this new Ford patent introduces an idea for something a bit more light-hearted in nature – an in-vehicle camera capable of taking selfies or even video on command. Users could activate this system using something like a key fob or a dedicated button, while the vehicle’s lighting could double as a flash in low-light conditions to boot, at which time the resulting images or video could be stored by the system or transmitted to a mobile device.
While this may seem like a bit distracting, this Ford patent notes that the system is intended to be used to document one’s journeys and take pictures of artifacts from road trips – items like ticket stubs or post cards. It’s also intended to be a superior way to take photos of attractions and scenery while one is driving around, as well as – of course – the driver and occupants of the vehicle. If nothing else, this could be a safer way to do just that rather than trying to take pictures with a phone, at the very least.