Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an identity access management system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 21st, 2023, published on June 29th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0202413.
The Ford Authority Take
Back in February 2022, Ford filed a patent for a digital personal assistant with a configurable personality, which it followed up with another filling for a vehicle identity access management system. Now, the automaker has filed a very similar patent that outlines an idea for an identity access management system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, on the heels of comments from CEO Jim Farley regarding how future EVs will get customized user experiences.
As this patent points out, most connected features present in modern vehicles are vehicle-centric, related to functions like seat controls, radio settings, or profiles that automatically change those types of things depending on what user is driving the vehicle. There are times, however, when one user may want to share certain features with another user – such as radio subscriptions, while also keeping things like HVAC temperature and seat positioning separate, and that’s precisely where this system comes into play.
Thus, this system would be able to identify users via their mobile device, as is the case with many vehicles these days, but it would also be able to detect when a second user is entering the vehicle as well. From there, the system could switch settings based on predetermined user presences in that regard. It’s a bit of a change compared to the way things currently work, and a potentially useful one for those that share vehicles among multiple parties.