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Future Ford Vehicles Could Get Fuel Purchase Decision System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a fuel purchase decision system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on June 11th, 2019, published on May 16th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11650064.

Ford Patent Fuel Purchase Decision System

The Ford Authority Take

Last year, Ford filed a patent for an integrated goods and services ordering system that that would not only let the occupants of a vehicle order goods and services from inside the vehicle, but those items could also then be delivered directly to the vehicle, too. Now, this newly filed patent introduces an idea for something similar – a fuel purchase decision system that may be used in future Ford vehicles.

Ford Patent Fuel Purchase Decision System

The basic premise of this patent is to devise a way to coordinate vehicle routes with fuel type to improve both fuel usage and vehicle performance, with a focus on ride-sharing, ride-hailing, and vehicle-sharing services. Prior to the existence of these types of services, the kind of fuel used in a vehicle was primarily up to the vehicle’s owner, but with the rise of vehicle sharing, there can be some confusion in that regard.

To prevent non-optimal fuel from being used in a vehicle, this system would analyze the route request made by a customer, the type of vehicle being used, and other variables before recommending a fuel type to use in the vehicle. There are many variables that would be considered, including the weight of any cargo that the vehicle may carry, any altitude increase or decrease, traffic density, and the quality of road surfaces.

Ford Patent Fuel Purchase Decision System

By considering all of these factors, the system outlined in this patent would be able to make the appropriate recommendation for fuel, which could prove useful not only for those that are simply driving people around, but also those that are borrowing vehicles they may not be very familiar with.

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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. The Retired Viking

    Dear Ford: This is me. Your potential customer. I want a reliable drivetrain. I want controls that are not a video game; give me knobs and physical buttons. A straightforward radio.

    Give me a pickup or car or crossover with big separates or a split bench seat and lateral legroom

    Do not give me fuel decision makers, sunlight advisory systems, and the other nonsense virtually no one has asked for. Don’t claim a design flaw as a feature: the folding shifter would not be needed if you used a dial, dash handle a la Chrysler vans of the past, or on the column where it has worked well since 1940.

    1. John

      Agreed!!! Stop putting unwanted items in vehicles and making the price out of reach of people.

      And keep the V8 as an option!

  2. Johnny

    Hell they can’t even get built & out of the factory for the model year they are selling ford is on the way out I ordered a F350 lariat on 10/15 /22 all the dealers are getting before the orders are filled &they playing that 10% above msrp like I say they on the way out the public is gonna get tired of all the BS from these dealership

    1. Glyn

      Order banks for the Superduty opened Oct 27, 2022 and I ordered a F350 and the order went thru on Oct 28. My sister ordered a F250 late November and received hers last month and I dont have a build date for mine yet. The orders getting filled started at lower trim levels and moving up.

  3. David

    Dear Ford…..
    I think I can still make that big decision between three grades of fuel.

  4. wright

    Something else to go wrong and break.

  5. Mike K

    My F-350 takes diesel fuel, I think I’m smart enough to not to put gas in the fuel tank! Oh and I also know how to drive a stick shift vehicle. I wonder how many Ford engineers know how to do that?


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