Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for integrated tailgate step attachments that could be used on Ford pickups in the future, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on September 1st, 2021, published on June 27th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11685313.
The Ford Authority Take
In addition to filing a patent for a movable step that could be used on future Ford pickups last November, FoMoCo introduced the new Tailgate Work Surface on the 14th generation 2021 Ford F-150, which contains things like a built-in ruler and clamp pockets, though no multi-function tailgate, as many had expected. Recently, the refreshed 2023 Ford Super Duty also added an updated Integrated Tailgate Step designed to make getting in and out of the bed easier. Now, this newly filed patent outlines an idea for integrated tailgate step attachments that could be the next new feature present on Ford pickups.
Though it looks a lot like the existing Integrated Tailgate Step, this new design introduces an idea for ways to protect the tailgate when users are clamping things down on it and drilling or cutting materials like wood. Though the current tailgate design gives users the capability to do these things, it was not designed to prevent damage from occurring, which is precisely where this patent comes into play.
The attachment brackets outlined in the patent include a workplace support bar and a riser that’s attached to the step support members and to each other, at a right angle. Both the support bar and the riser can be attached to each other or a pivot connector, and are designed to be easy to attach and remove as needed. Overall, it seems like a pretty simple and effective way to improve the functionality of Ford’s existing tailgates, making it likely that we’ll see something like it in production form one day.