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Ford Patent Filed For Neighboring Vehicle Security System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a neighboring vehicle security system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 17th, 2021, published on January 3rd, 2023, and assigned serial number 11546734.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has dipped its proverbial toe into the vehicle security market in the past year or so after teaming up with ADT to create a new joint venture called Canopy, which combines the automaker’s AI-driven camera technology with the security company’s monitoring services to provide improved vehicle security. Additionally, a Ford patent was filed last August for a vehicle-to-vehicle security system that would be present in multiple vehicles, with one vehicle containing a controller that can communicate with the other vehicle when its security system is activated.

While the idea from that previously-filed patent is to activate a vehicle’s security system in the event of an attack even if that vehicle is located in a remote area where its sensors aren’t able to track the thief, this new Ford patent expands upon that a bit by aiming to prevent theft before it even occurs by identifying when a thief may be scoping out a vehicle and its owner before they try to steal it.

The system would accomplish that by using geofencing around a vehicle – a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area – which would be able to detect when another vehicle is nearby. If that’s the case, the system would collect data regarding the identity of that vehicle – possibly using vehicle-to-vehicle communication – and then evaluate it to determine if the person driving that vehicle might pose a threat, at which point it could automatically notify authorities of that suspicious behavior.

This is an interesting idea for certain, and one that builds upon Ford’s mission to utilize connected vehicle data in a wide variety of areas. It would also provide a little peace of mind in the event that someone is being followed or stalked, a common occurrence in today’s world, it seems.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford patent news, Ford business news, and ongoing 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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  1. David Dickinson II

    Or, if your social credit score is low enough, our wonderful government can track you wherever you go using a privately-owned surveillance network and circumnavigate the constitutional provisions of the 4th Amendment, which they blatantly abuse anyway. With the auto start-stop feature, they can immobilize you at any time. Just look at how trustworthy the FBI and CIA are. What could possibly go wrong? They are with the government, and they are here to help.

    Ford is eroding our freedoms one innovation at a time.

    1. Mike says...

      When your vehicle is stolen by the like minded, I hope you are prepared to go find it yourself. Why would anybody help you or even want to, as you appear to make no beneficial contribution to your fellow citizens, family or country on any level. You choose to live here but miss the point we all have to listen to you run your mouth!

      1. David Dickinson II

        There are many issues here, but a couple of key ones are that 1) Congress refuses to pass any real data privacy laws, especially as it limits the Government’s ability to surveil citizens. Second, innovations like these don’t give the “owner” the ability to opt-out. If you want to opt-into the network, go ahead. But I don’t. I don’t want my vehicle to be used in a surveillance network or, like EVs, as a public battery in a distributed network. The basic rub is that I am the owner. Keep your electronic hands off my vehicle.

  2. Jon Erich

    would that work in a mall parking lot or city parking lot? I would be worried that it could send out error calls to the authority


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