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.