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Ford Patent Filed For Tire Tread Depth Detection System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a tire tread depth detection system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on March 25th, 2020, published on October 4th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11458784.

The Ford Authority Take

Over the past few months, Ford has filed a couple of tire-related patents, including one for an adaptive tire pressure system and another depicting an idea for a tire pressure loss detection and alert system. Now, that trend continues, as this new Ford patent presents an idea for a tire tread depth detection system, which could prove rather useful for a lot of vehicle owners.

Currently, vehicle owners are left to either check their own tread depth using a tool or rely on their servicing dealer or shop to do so, methods that have been perfectly fine for decades. The only problem is, many people don’t bother to check their tire tread depth on a regular basis – one of the reasons why tire pressure monitoring systems have also become quite prevalent on new vehicles.

As such, this Ford patent aims to take the work out of that task by using a system to automatically monitor tire tread depth and alert the owner when it’s low and tires need to be replaced. It would accomplish this by using an accelerometer interface to access acceleration data, a controller, and on-board diagnostic modules, while the vehicle’s display would be able to keep the driver informed as to where their tire tread depth stands.

Clearly, this isn’t a terribly necessary system, but it could certainly help those that aren’t mechanically inclined, who simply have no idea how to check tire tread depth, or just forget to do so on a regular basis. For those reasons, it makes a lot of sense that Ford may want to offer it on future models – just as it does with TPMS.

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 ongoing 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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  1. David Dickinson II

    It will also keep you inundated with never-ending advertisements from tire manufacturers as Ford sells your data in real-time.

    1. The Gentle Grizzly

      If that concerns you, buy another make.

      1. David Dickinson II

        It greatly concerns me that Congress has failed to pass any real data protection laws for U.S. citizens, which means this will be a problem across all makes. But, it will go deeper than just annoying ads. AI will calculate how deep your treads should be given your mileage. Anything too little, and that must mean you drive hard. Insurance companies want to know that so they can put you into a higher risk pool and jack up your rates. As with all this networked surveillance tech, it isn’t what the advertised purpose is, it is all the other ways data about you is being manipulated against you. That is one of the may reasons I’d never drive a Tesla. It is a rolling surveillance machine.

  2. Bill C

    More useless sh*t.


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