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Ford Vehicles Could Get Improved Parking Position System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an improved parking position system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on March 15th, 2021, published on July 11th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11699345.

Ford Patent Improved Parking Position System

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed quite a few parking-related patents in recent months, including one for key fobs with remote park-assist functionality, a remote park assist feature with augmented reality, an augmented reality system for parking, and an angulated parking system for urban areas. Now, this new patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for an improved parking position system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, too.

Ford Patent Improved Parking Position System

As Ford points out in the patent, parking larger vehicles in designated spots can oftentimes be difficult for a number of reasons, especially in tighter and more compact areas. This is especially true when backing into a spot, and can oftentimes leave little space on one side of the parking place or the other. However, that’s precisely where the idea presented in this patent comes into play.

This system would be able to determine if there is as parking spot nearby with enough space to accommodate the vehicle, or even if a spot may become available before the driver of the vehicle is predicted to leave. From there, the system would generate instructions on how to park in that specific spot to ensure that the vehicle fits properly, even if it must use a laterally-adjacent space to do so.

Ford Patent Improved Parking Position System

Given the prevalence of large SUVs, crossovers, and pickups on the roads these days, it makes perfect sense that Ford might want to explore ways to make parking those types of vehicles a bit easier, especially when poor parking jobs make it more difficult for others to park next to them. Thus, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a feature like this show up in future Ford vehicles in some capacity.

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. Ford Owner

    I have tried the Park Assist in a 2014 Fusion and it works, but braking, accelerating and shifting is still done by the driver. I read that Ford has a protype Focus that did every step by itself, which makes it a fully autonomous parking.

    1. Edward

      My 2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring does all the parking by itself. It can do parallel or back-in parking. Just activate it, it will search for an available space, then instruct you to take your hands off the wheel, your feet off the brake/accelerator, and just hold the parking button. It does the shifting, steering, braking all itself. It is very easy to use and does an excellent job.


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