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.