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Ford Patent Filed For Vehicle-Mounted Aerial Drone Container

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicle-mounted aerial drone container, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on March 8th, 2017, published on October 11th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11465740.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a host of drone-related patents in recent months, including one for an air to ground last-mile delivery system, a vehicle-based drone that would help locate that vehicle, a vehicular drone storage compartment system, an unmanned aerial vehicle sanitation system, a jump start system that would use drones, and a collaborative system between an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and an automobile. Now, this new Ford patent continues that trend by presenting an idea for a vehicle-mounted aerial drone container.

This particular system would consist of a computer that’s programmed to identify the connected location of a vehicle using a network, which could work in tandem with a user’s device, such as a smartphone. If the user’s device doesn’t connect to that network within a predetermined amount of time, the computer would activate an aerial drone container based on the user’s last known location.

On top of that, the system would be able to determine if the drone has enough charge to reach the user, and could also transmit the device’s route, connected and disconnected locations, and user device location. The idea behind this system is rather simple – drones have been used extensively in recent years to help emergency personnel locate stranded people, as well as scope out remote areas in rapid time – something that isn’t possible with land-based vehicles. As such, this patent makes quite a bit of sense, and could easily come to fruition in the near future.

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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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Comments

  1. Ford Owner

    This is an old idea but technologically possible now . In the 1964 to 1966 TV series “The Green Hornet”, the vehicle “Black Beauty” had such a drone that poped up from the trunk. For those who never saw this series, the driver was Kato, played by Bruce Lee before he became a star in martial art movies.

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  2. Claude gentsch

    Can I get one for my 2022 Ford MAVERICK?

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  3. Bill C

    Hey ford, stop pursuing stupid sh*t and concentrate on fixing the quality issues you already have.

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  4. Chad

    A drone in every garage. That’s what everybody needs….something ELSE that requires batteries and recharging. 🙂

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  5. Robert.Walter

    Will be introduced on the Mustang Mach-(5)e.

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  6. hot toddy

    The foolishness never ends with these guys does it..

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    1. Tigger

      And to think someone is collecting a 200k a year paycheck for designing this crap.

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