Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a stranded motorist assistance system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on July 28th, 2021, published on February 2nd, 2023, and assigned serial number 0029497.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a number of patents that explore different ways to provide assistance to vehicle owners and occupants in recent months including one for an occupant health protection system, an audio-based baby calming system, an in-vehicle automated triage nurse system, a car accident advisement system, and a navigation prediction vehicle assistant. Now, this newly filed Ford patent continues that trend by introducing an idea for a way to help stranded motorists.
This particular Ford patent applies specifically to folks that may have traveled somewhere off the beaten path to a remote area where there’s no cell phone service – such as avid off-roaders. In the event that someone is stranded out in the middle of nowhere in this type of situation, it could prove difficult finding help or getting back to civilization, which is a very real scenario that more than a handful of folks face each year.
While many off-roaders use GPS-enabled devices that can help in this type of situation, there are times when even that isn’t of much assistance – and that’s precisely where this patent comes into play. The system depicted in the filing would be able to use a transceiver to provide two-way wireless communication even in remote areas, and it would also be able to detect when a signal is being lost, as well as track the path that the vehicle traveled on prior to breaking down or getting stuck.
This Ford patent makes quite a bit of sense, particularly as off-roading – in general – continues to enjoy a surge in popularity. With more inexperienced folks heading out into the wilderness, there is obviously a need for ways to ensure that they can get help if needed, no matter where that path might take them.