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Future Ford Vehicles Could Get Powered Doors With ID System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for powered doors with an ID system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on December 3rd, 2021, published on June 8th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0174018.

Ford Patent Powered Doors With ID System

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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for all sorts of potential new door designs, including one for doors that can automatically open for drivers and passengers, power side doors, and doors that open and close on command. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for powered doors with an ID system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, too.

Ford Patent Powered Doors With ID System

The idea presented by this patent is similar to what we’ve seen in the past, though rather than just another set of powered doors, these units would be able to open and close based on a user location and/or their identification. This way, when a user walks up to the vehicle with their mobile device – such as a smartphone, specifically – in hand, the doors of the vehicle would automatically open when they’re within a certain predetermined distance.

In addition to using smartphones, this system could also utilize facial recognition software to determine if someone approaching the vehicle is an authorized user, at which point the doors would automatically open for them as well. This would happen via an electronic actuator located within the door, which could prop it open when so desired, and it could even open the door to varying degrees depending on the size of the user.

Ford Patent Powered Doors With ID System

Today, phone-as-a-key features are already capable of unlocking doors when users approach vehicles, and owners can also use apps like FordPass to accomplish the same task. However, this patent envisions taking that concept to the next step, eliminating the need for people to open the door for themselves altogether.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and comprehensive¬†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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Comments

  1. JimL

    Ford needs to stop trying to squeeze in every electronic, technical shiny object. Right now they need all hands on deck to focus on a massive improvement in quality, manufacturing capacity, and keeping costs down.

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  2. David Dickinson II

    Again, Ford wants to make a mechanically simple operation a complicated technological issue. Why? Because they will be able to monitor the people that are in the vehicles and, further, if the system breaks you will have a very nice repair bill for your vehicle to operate.

    We are rapidly moving towards an Orwellian total surveillance society.

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  3. Mike K

    Just something else that most buys don’t want. Something that will be on a Ford recall notice too.
    Ford needs to pay attention to what customers want not what engineers think they want

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