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Ford Patent Filed For Chionophobia Intervention System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a Chionophobia intervention system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 6th, 2020, published on December 27th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11535256.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a handful of patents addressing potential medical situations/conditions in recent months, including one for a driver fatigue prevention system, as well as another for an anti-motion sickness system. Now, this new Ford patent aims to tackle a condition that many people may not even be aware exists – Chionophobia – which is an extreme fear of snow and snowy weather, which can cause severe anxiety and panic attacks in affected people who see snow or even just think about it.

As one might imagine, this condition can cause serious problems for those that drive in areas where snow may be present, and it isn’t terribly uncommon, either – in fact, a recent study from the American Meteorological Society found that Chionophobia is the second most prevalent natural environment phobia behind only tornados. As such, this Ford patent introduces an idea to help those with this condition drive safely in winter weather.

The system depicted in this Ford patent would be able to detect if the driver is experiencing a negative physical or emotional response to the presence of snow, as well as whether or not snow is actually present around the vehicle. From there, the system could take a number of steps to mitigate those effects, ranging from playing soothing music to try and calm them to calling a ride share service or even medical personnel, depending on the severity of the situation. It’s an interesting idea for sure, and one that may help quite a few folks suffering from this condition 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. G O PEE

    People like that have to live in the keys. If the car is too far north it should shut off

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  2. Dumb Idea

    Do not call 911 because you are scared of snow. Stay home or let someone else drive. Summoning emergency services or going to an ER because you are scared ties up valuable resources for real emergencies. Call a psychologist.

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  3. hot toddy

    and Ford wonders why consumers question their leadership decisions

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  4. Bob

    I’m not going to stop asking Where do I sign up for this job? I am sure it’s lower to mid six figures. I could come up with this shite all day long, every day.
    My addition to this one would be a Comfort Hamster that shoots out of the dash in severe Chionophobia moments.

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  5. Kevin McCabe

    What rubbish. If someone is that afraid of inclement winter weather they need to stay home and off the roads,

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  6. BobbTheKnobb

    Snowflakes. For real.

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  7. David Dickinson II

    How about a system for those of us with Chionophilia and treat our vehicles like childhood toboggans in mall parking lots when the first flake drops?

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  8. Dandigscars

    This is exactly why I can’t buy a truck worth $40k for less than $85k. Some other maker will realize they shouldn’t be building spaceships for me to haul tree limbs, and I will buy that brand instead of a Ford.

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  9. Lincoln

    Where is this patent do they discuss how Ford offers to call the Department of Motor vehicles in their state/commonwealth to revoke their drivers licences because they have a phobia of snow so severe they would need to call 911? Such people should simply not be on the roads?

    I WOULD ASSUME – people need to be medically able to drive no matter WHAT condition they have, which includes being able to drive without having a dibilitaing panic attack, right? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency that oversees highway safety, likely states that people with should only drive if they’re on a treatment or therapies that ALLOW Them to stay in control – Epilepsy, Narcolepsy, Dementia, Macular degeneration, etc.

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  10. billc

    WOW! I thought I had read/heard about all the stupid patents that Ford is working on and then they threw me a curve ball by coming up with this. Yikes!

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  11. Bork Foonlington

    So, why isn’t there an alcohol level ignition block on every vehicle? Those already exist, and seem to work fine. I wonder what the ratio of drunken goober drivers to obscure snow phobia driver is? Ford is just proving the idiocy of falling for this “AI” BS…

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  12. WillyJoewhiteshoes

    Ford has to be trolling with this, it can’t be real. It’s pretty simple if you’re scared, get a dog, if you’re scared of driving in the snow stay home with your dog.

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  13. Nate

    If it starts snowing and my car decides to adjust my seats and stereo on it’s own, I’m definitely going to angry, not feel soothed.

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