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Ford Patent Filed For Wind Throb Mitigation System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a wind throb mitigation system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on July 31st, 2020, published on December 27th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11535090.

The Ford Authority Take

In recent months, Ford has filed a number of patents aimed at detecting and mitigating the effects of all sorts of things, including filings for a vehicular pest repellent system, a vehicle sound emission control system, a vehicle interior evaluation system, a harmful gas detection system in vehicles, and a wet seat detection and mitigation system. Now, this new Ford patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for a solution to a common problem – wind throb.

Wind throb – which is caused by wind passing over a window opening that matches a resonant frequency of the vehicle’s cabin – typically occurs when one window is opened inside a vehicle while traveling at a certain speed. Most drivers mitigate this annoying issue by simply rolling down or just cracking another window, however, in autonomous vehicles of the future, the occupants of a vehicle may not have access to those controls, and that’s precisely where this new Ford patent comes into play.

The system depicted in the patent would be capable of detecting wind throb, determining if the seat adjacent to the vehicle’s occupant is occupied or not, then open another window to mitigate the effect. Additionally, the system could close all the windows if needed, and activate the climate control system to compensate. It’s a simple idea, of course, but one that may serve an actual purpose in the future, if self-driving vehicles eventually become viable.

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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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  1. David Dickinson II

    Remember this line everyone, “in autonomous vehicles of the future, the occupants of a vehicle may not have access to those controls.” Yes, in the vehicles of the future you won’t even control the windows. I see the future. And it sucks.

    1. Elizabeth

      I mean, kinda sounds like riding in a bus, a train, a plane, or really the majority of transit vehicles

  2. RWFA

    I see the future and it looks great.

    Given the recent developmental delays, I can imagine it’s going to be awhile before this is achievable.

    (Even Apple has thrown in the towel on Level 4 autonomy and is said to be planning to launch with conventional driver controls.)

    But why are we talking about robot cars? There’s no link to the patent in the article but neither the abstract nor the schematic indicate this.

    The are many possible embodiments of this basic design but to me it clearly is a concept that can go in any present day vehicle to crack a window next to an unoccupied seat as an aid to the driver to eliminate the throb and if the driver closes the first window then the 2nd window will close too.

    Although a future embodiment could be in a robot car, I wonder if Brett placed too much emphasis on that application.

    Somehow not surprising that dyspeptic dystopian types who hate the present, and dream of a rose tinted past that never really was, will also naturally fear the future and possibly see communist robot cars under their bed without window lift switches.

    1. David Dickinson II

      Every patent coming out of Ford points in the direction of a future where the occupants of these vehicles have no real control over the vehicle or its systems, and that really is the point. Transportation of future is a centrally managed network where there are no drivers.

      I can tell you right now why you won’t have control of your windows in the future. Because Ford projects an entirely electric future. The temperature in your vehicle of the future will be set for “the good of the planet’ and not your personal preference. This is one more data point in the future (present) of eco-fascism.

      1. RWFA

        This is so over the top nutso David, even for you.

  3. M. Lindon

    Why would I want to pay two or three thousand dollars more on a Car to solve such a minor issue? I never drive with the windows down, because of allergies, heat and cold. The manufacturer that builds a safe, reliable comfortable vehicle with leg room for four six feet tall adults for around $30,000 will sell more cars and make more money. I have been a loyal Ford customer for thirty years and I will not be driving an EV.

    1. RWFA

      Why do you think that such a simple concept would cost 3k$ instead of simply leveraging the hardware already in the vehicle by making it smarter?

      Think about it.

  4. AB

    Why is Ford wasting time on nonsense like this when they can’t even get the basics right? Like transmissions that shift properly or engines that hold up? This is insanity at its finest. Fix the damn quality issues! That’s what has killed Ford’s market share. Especially in the sedan market, where they are basically throwing in the towel because they’ve made so many lemon unreliable cars over the years.

    1. RWFA

      So your expert opinion is to have the window guys go over and fix engines and transmissions?

      Is your only experience in development and manufacturing from like a high school gig working in a pizza shop?


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