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Future Ford Pickup Beds May Get Measurement System For Cargo

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a measurement system for cargo that could be used in future Ford pickup beds, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 26th, 2021, published on April 27th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0126542.

Ford Patent Measurement System For Cargo

The Ford Authority Take

In a hyper-competitive space, Ford has filed all sorts of pickup-related patents in recent months as it aims to stay one step ahead of some fierce competition, including one for a new type of cargo system, magnetic pickup beds, multi-panel beds, sliding crossbars, a bed-to-cab passthrough system, and an integrated truck bed for power outlets – though some features – like barn doors – remain curiously absent from today’s Blue Oval pickups. Now, this newly filed patent previews yet another feature we might one day see in future Ford pickup beds – a measurement system for cargo.

Ford Patent Measurement System For Cargo

The current-gen Ford F-150 debuted with a feature that the automaker calls its Tailgate Work Surface, which features cleats, clamp pockets, phone and pencil holders, a ruler, and a cupholder. However, this new patent takes that concept a step further by introducing multiple measurement gradations to the pickup bed, which could be used to quickly and easily measure items such as wooden boards and piping.

Ford Patent Measurement System For Cargo

The idea here is that measuring devices such as tape measures can often wind up taking time to locate, or could even be removed from the job site altogether. However, this feature is always present in the bed of a truck, making it quick and easy to measure each piece as it’s removed, saving time (and potentially money) in the process. It’s a simple, easy, and likely cheap feature, and as such, seems like it has a good chance of making it to production.

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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. 1970Mav

    who doesn’t carry a tape measure, it’s one of the most basic tools?
    how many time have you needed to measure things as you remove them from the bed?


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