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Patent Filing Suggests Ford Vehicles Will Get Heated Sensors

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for heated sensors that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on December 12th, 2018, published on March 7th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11597354.

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The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed quite a few heat-related patents in recent months, including one for a heated windshield camera viewing zone, a backlight window defrosting system, and a heated window system for EVs, while the automaker has also been experimenting with utilizing heating surfaces in all-electric vehicles as a way to conserve energy. Now, this new patent aims to add heated sensors to future Ford vehicles, too.

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Modern vehicles are already equipped with an array of sensors, which are used for a variety of purposes, including advanced driver assist systems. Problem is, if these sensors become dirty or iced-over, they oftentimes don’t work as intended, which can be problematic for owners.

The solution, it seems, is rather simple – heated sensors, as outlined in this patent, which could presumably keep those particular items free from ice and snow, at least. This patent shows how such a system might work in a rather bizarre way, however, with a giant LIDAR-like apparatus mounted on a vehicle’s roof – but the concept is simple, regardless.

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As the patent points out, such a system could prove to be extra useful in the event that fully autonomous vehicles become viable in future years, at which point those types of models need unobstructed sensors in order to function properly. For that reason alone, such an idea makes quite a bit of sense, and could very well wind up as a common feature on future Ford vehicles.

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. Mike says...

    This increased use of ‘sensor tech’ should make transportation less expensive… that is not happening at all.

  2. Mr. Logical

    Yeah. That’s what every car buyer wants: A goofy looking, non-aero’ sensor package squatting in the middle of the roof. Not. More expense, more complexity, more opp’y for ongoing maintenance and untoward operational failures. A reliability engineering headache.

    This ‘Green’ EV era is producing a lot of costly and complex system modules that are – in many cases – very apt to decrease reliability; e.g., MTBF, MTTF, System Availability/uptime, etc.

    Viz., making worse the very problems they aim to solve.

    1. RWFA

      So said visionless folks about every new automotive technology introduced since the end of the buggy whip era.

    2. David Dickinson II

      Ford decided it wants to be like Apple. It’s not the device that makes money (and therefore they don’t care about the complexity). It is the data harvesting they will engage in and the information they will sell. The primary purpose of future vehicles is not transportation. It is total surveillance and the money that can be made by collecting information about you and everything in and around “your” mobile sensor array (i.e. vehicle).


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