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Ford Vehicles Will Soon Be Able To Predict When Parts Fail

In recent months, Ford has filed a large number of patents outlining ideas for vehicle systems that could detect when parts are worn out, damaged, or otherwise in need of replacement. That list includes filings for a tire pressure loss detection and alert system, a tire tread depth detection system, a missing vehicular body part detection system, a vehicle damage identification system, a vehicular anomaly detection system, a vehicle defect detection system, and an automated maintenance assistant system, to name just a few. Clearly, The Blue Oval is working on making its models even smarter than they already are, and future Ford vehicles may even be able to predict when parts may fail, according to CEO Jim Farley.

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“Right around the corner, we’ll have predictive failure components,” Farley said while speaking during the automaker’s Q2 earnings call. “Imagine our productivity gain for our Pro customers who never were off the road because they know something is going to go bad before it does. This is just the beginning, these three applications. These services will bring high margin, reoccurring revenue streams that are less capital-intensive and cyclical than our traditional vehicle sales.”

As Farley points out, such features would obviously be useful for anyone that owns a vehicle, giving them a bit of a heads up before things go bad – and potentially leave them stranded somewhere. However, a predictive part failure system would be a huge boon for commercial customers, in particular, who tend to rack up far more miles than regular, retail customers.

With downtime proving to be a major expense for fleets, a predictive parts failure system could ultimately save commercial customers a lot of money, as Farley pointed out, even if they wind up having to pay for such a service, as he hints. However, Ford Pro customers have shown a willingness to pay for subscription services that benefit them financially in the past, and that could also be true of this system designed for future Ford vehicles, too.

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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. StarLord

    I can tell you when the parts will fail. Right after the warranty.


    This is just to funny and too easy…..everything anytime.

  3. Rob Mcginley

    Just think how easy it would be for MFGs if the new what parts to stock because they already know how long they will last?

  4. Shockandawe

    All Furds fail in the design phase, nough said!

  5. David Dickinson II

    Ford will send you a text “predicting” your parts will fail well before they actually fail so they can sell you parts you don’t need. Ford watched corrupt mechanics do it for decades, and now they want in on that action.


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