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Ford Patent Filed For Holographic Projection System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a holographic projection system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on February 19th, 2021, published on December 6th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11518299.

The Ford Authority Take

In recent years, Ford has filed a handful of patents presenting ideas for projectors or other types of screens that could be used in future vehicles, including one for a projector located in the tailgate of crossovers and/or SUVs, an in-car movie projector for self-driving vehicles, and a retractable video display system. Now, this new Ford patent outlines yet another similar idea, albeit with a few notable differences in terms of how it operates.

Unlike a traditional projector setup, this Ford patent presents a device that uses a water mister and a controller that are capable of communicating with the projection device. When the user activates this system, the water mister begins working, followed by the projection device, which in turn projects an image onto the water mist.

While such an idea may seem a bit frivolous and without real merit, Ford mentions that there is one thing that it could be quite useful for – locating a vehicle in a parking lot, particularly in the dark or other low-light conditions such as when fog is present. The automaker believes that such a system could make it easier to locate a vehicle in those specific circumstances.

This could certainly be true, particularly since the patent notes that customers would be able to project different images using this system. In the patent, we can see a Lincoln “Star” symbol being used as an example, but the possibility remains open that we could change this to different images, so that there’s no confusion with other nearby users. In that event, this is an interesting idea that may have some merit.

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 24/7 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. Ford Owner

    I have an app that can locate my Fusion Hybrid from 600 feet away to withing 5 feet of my position. The horn and lights flash with the pressing of the fob button. And the external mirrors have projection lights that illuminate the doors and floor around the doors, so I don’t find any projection system useful or better to locate my vehicle in any situation. Now if Ford does develop a self recovery system that can move my parked vehicle toward my position, then I may buy it.

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  2. billc

    A holograph, really? All that technology = more crap to break.
    Why not use a pop up strobe light that activates from the fob.
    Hey Ford, concentrate on making better vehicles, not stupid sh*t

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    1. RWFA

      Such comments make me wonder if you think the impossibility of simultaneously walking and chewing gum is like a universal proof demonstrating that a company with a bevy of engineers might be capable of doing many different things at once.

      Or maybe it is that you don’t know how sausage is made.

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  3. Kyle

    Could be useful as sign language for stupid drivers! As long as i can upload my own images and activate them as needed. I see this as very useful. mostly for slow drivers in the passing lane or people with their brights on.

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