Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an audio-based baby calming system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 28th, 2019, published on December 6th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11517705.
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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for an in-vehicle automated triage nurse system, an in-vehicle hearing test system, and a vehicular pest repellent system, as well as one for an enhanced in-cabin sleep experience system. Over five years ago, the automaker also showed off a crib that it said simulates the sights, sounds, and motion of a tranquil car ride, which could theoretically make it easier to put babies to sleep. Now, it’s once again exploring that same idea with this newly filed Ford patent.
The Ford patent outlines a way to calm babies using an audio-based system inside of a vehicle, which utilizes a heartbeat sensor. If the system detects that the baby is upset, it could then play a calming signal to help calm it down. As Ford notes in the patent, while some babies find car rides to be soothing and calming, others tend to get anxious and stressed out – which in turn causes great stress for the parents trying to drive the vehicle.
Since we can’t safely reach babies located in child seats in the rear of a vehicle while driving, a suitable solution is clearly needed, and that’s precisely what this patent aims to provide. The system could play all different kinds of calming noises, some mimicking the sound of a mother’s heartbeat, either via the vehicle’s audio system or even something like a teddy bear equipped with a speaker. For parents that have dealt with harrowing car rides, such an idea certainly has merit and could easily come to fruition one day.