Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a cargo bed module receiving system that could be used in future Ford pickups, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 7th, 2022, published on August 10th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0249632.
The Ford Authority Take
In a highly competitive segment, Ford has filed a host of truck-related patents in recent months with an eye toward staying ahead of its rivals. Most of those filings pertain to improving the cargo-carrying capacity of Blue Oval pickups, and include an idea for a sliding crossbar for cargo beds, a self-learning cargo system, cargo modules, an extendable rail assembly, a new type of cargo management system, and a cargo retention frame. Now, this latest filing keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for a cargo bed module receiving system that could be used in future Ford pickups.
The concept here is rather simple – an accessory module would be created that fits perfectly in the bed of a pickup, and it could be used to carry just about anything in a more secure manner, particularly for trucks that don’t have tonneau covers installed. The modules would be securely attached inside the bed, but could be easily removed if so desired – even switching out entire modules in the event that one wants to leave its contents somewhere and haul a different load to another location.
Even more interestingly, the patent shows off a variety of ways that cargo could be loaded, unloaded, and stored within the modular. It could feature a slide-out drawer for easy access, or even a crane of sorts that’s capable of pickup up heavy loads. It’s an interesting idea for sure, and one that may eventually be offered as an accessory for future Ford trucks.