Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicular anomaly detection system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on September 1st, 2021, published on March 2nd, 2023, and assigned serial number 0063601.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford CEO Jim Farley has long made it a point to note that the automaker intends to generate massive amounts of revenue from connected vehicle services and advanced driver-assist features in the near future, both in its regular, retail side of the business and the commercial-focused Ford Pro side of things. Thus far, the automaker already offers a host of services via subscription, for both gas- and electric-powered vehicles, but there’s much more to come in the near future, as this newly filed Ford patent might be hinting at.
The idea behind this Ford patent is to create a system that’s capable of not only detecting anomalies in the way a vehicle operates, but also to monitor its overall health, then use algorithms and connected vehicle data to determine the root cause of problems before they become serious. Such a system would use machine learning to constantly stay updated and apprised of potential problems, including those that have occurred in other, similar models.
This is sort of a next-level type of preventative maintenance, which involves the constant evaluation and monitoring of components to detect if and when maintenance is needed before problems occur. However, rather than rely on a mechanic or local/onboard information, this system could lean on a pool of data gathered from many vehicles to accomplish this task.
As such, this Ford patent makes quite a bit of sense, particularly in the world of commercial vehicles, where downtime costs fleet operators money. In the future, they may very well be able to perform maintenance before things go wrong, saving them quite a bit of time – and money – in the process.
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