Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for automated execution of vehicle functions that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on November 4th, 2022, published on June 29th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0202498.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed quite a few patents revolving around the concept of automating things in recent months, including one for an automatic rear defroster, an automated windshield wiper system, and an automated maintenance assistant system. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for the automated execution of vehicle functions that may wind up being used in future Ford vehicles.
As the patent points out, many features in a vehicle require the driver or passenger to repeatedly activate or deactivate certain functions, sometimes in a specific order. A good example pertains to delivery drivers, who may shift into park, close the windows, turn off the ignition, open and close doors, and activate and deactivate hazard warning lights when making a stop, then potentially use the navigation system to route them to their next stop.
As Ford points out, all of these things could potentially be automated in future vehicles, saving users a lot of time and effort. A “triggering” event could be used to signal to the vehicle that the delivery driver is on their route, at which point the system could do all of the aforementioned things for them. Given Ford’s dedication to automation in recent years both via patents and actual features found in vehicles, it wouldn’t be surprising to see such a system come to fruition, particularly as The Blue Oval continues to develop autonomous driving features as well.