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Future Ford Vehicles Could Get Downwardly Deployable Bumpers

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for downwardly deployable bumpers that could be used on future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on February 7th, 2022, published on August 10th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0249636.

Ford Patent Downwardly Deployable Bumpers

The Ford Authority Take

In recent months, Ford has filed a few patents that aim to make vehicles safer for pedestrians in the event of an accident, including a bumper assembly with an integrated airbag and an external airbag system, to name just a couple. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going somewhat by introducing an idea for downwardly deployable bumpers that could be used on future Ford vehicles.

Ford Patent Downwardly Deployable Bumpers

The idea of bumpers and other structures that are capable of absorbing energy during impacts is nothing new, having been around for decades at this point in various forms, such as crushable bumpers, crush or deformation zones, and even frames designed to do the same thing in the event of a vehicle-on-vehicle accident. However, as this patent points out, vehicles tend to have very different ride heights, particularly as trucks and SUVs have become more popular in recent years.

This creates a bit of a problem when something like a high-riding truck or SUV collides with a passenger car head-on, and in many cases, we’ve seen smaller cars actually go underneath taller vehicles – which isn’t a good thing for the occupants of those types of vehicles. Thus, this patent filing aims to solve that problem by incorporating a downwardly deploying bumper for high-riding vehicles that lowers itself automatically.

Ford Patent Downwardly Deployable Bumpers

With automotive deaths on the rise in the U.S., such an idea makes quite a bit of sense, given the fact that many of those fatal accidents involve larger vehicles colliding with smaller ones. It’s a simple yet potentially effective way to ensure that those small rides don’t wind up underneath larger ones, and as such, could prove useful in the real world.

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 24/7 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. Timothy

    Frankly I am surprised such systems have not been mandated by the government and insurance companies decades ago to save lives.

    1. The Retired Viking

      I would like to see a more or less uniform height for headlights. Look at any European over-the-road or large truck. The headlights are way down, often at the bumper height of the truck. His gets them down close to the level of automobile and small truck levels, and this way, far less blinding goes on.

      Yes, yes, they are not attractive and fancy at that height, but are far safer for both the trucker and other drivers. Let’s get past this era of truck-as-jock-filler mentality, shall we?

  2. George

    I would love to see a federally mandated maximum brightness for high and low beam lights. Some vehicles low beams are so bright that they blind oncoming traffic. In my observations some drivers assume that automatic headlights means that they dim automatically, which they don’t.


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