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Ford Patent Filed For Steering Wheel Preconditioning System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a steering wheel preconditioning system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on August 28th, 2019, published on October 4th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11458801.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a host of heater-related patents in recent months, including one for heated windshield wiper blades, a heated windshield camera viewing zone, a heated steering wheel equipped with multiple heaters, a heated side window system, a roof-mounted HVAC system, an integrated heat pump system, and an instant cabin heating system. Now, that trend continues with this new Ford patent, which presents an idea for a steering wheel preconditioning system.

Much like EVs offer owners the ability to precondition the cabin of a vehicle to ensure that it’s warm or cool when they step inside, this new Ford patent aims to make the steering wheel either cool or warm to the touch as well, depending on the type of weather outside. The patent notes that this could be accomplished using a vehicle’s HVAC vents, which could blow warm or cold air on the steering wheel while it moves around automatically.

Additionally, an infrared camera could be used to determine which way the steering wheel needs to be rotated to ensure even heating or cooling, which is a bit different than the way existing heated/cooled steering wheels function. This patent applies mainly to vehicles that aren’t equipped with those types of wheels, however, though it could easily be altered to function with existing heated and cooled steering wheels, it seems.

This idea is an natural progression from preconditioned cabin features, which are already becoming more and more common on modern vehicles. As such, it would make perfect sense for future models – particularly all-electric ones, which can be safely preconditioned in confined spaces without emitting any sort of harmful emissions.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and continuous 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. Tim

    More crap we do not need. How about inventing stronger windshields! How about increasing quality and reducing recalls.

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  2. John Coviello

    This sounds really neat. Just wit till the EV’s that are left outside during the winter not only use that battery to keep the battery warm but also heat the steering wheel !!!!!! All with n one in the vehicle !!!! What a way to increase range !!!!!

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Why are you complaining? Didn’t you say that you weren’t going to replace your Lincoln with a future Lincoln if it’s made in Canada? You sure complain a lot.

      Reply
  3. Bill C

    Here is a much cheaper alternative, windshield shades or driving gloves. No patent needed, no electronics supply chain issues, nothing to fail down the road.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      This is likely an example of a strategic patent. It helps to prevent Ford’s competitors from working around a more practical patent in the same area. It’s unlikely to see the light of day.

      Reply

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