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Future Ford Vehicles Could Identify Status Of Garage Doors

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a way to identify the status of garage doors that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on June 7th, 2021, published on August 15th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11727736.

Ford Patent Identify Status Of Garage Doors

The Ford Authority Take

Just last week, Ford filed a patent for a way to eliminate the unexpected activation of vehicle components when that vehicle is parked in a garage, which would reportedly eliminate false component activations, whether that be the vehicle automatically locking or unlocking doors or turning lights on or off. Now, this newly filed patent builds upon that idea by introducing another one – this time, outlining a way to identify the status of garage doors that could be used in future Ford vehicles.

Ford Patent Identify Status Of Garage Doors

As FoMoCo points out in the patent, drivers pulling their vehicles in or out of a garage can often be distracted or not really paying attention to whether or not the door was left open, whether that come from things they’re thinking about or pets and/or children inside the vehicle that may distract them. As such, they may not realize that the door was left open after driving away.

Many of us have done precisely that, only to second guess whether or not we shut the garage door, but this patent aims to solve that issue with a little technology. Rather than having to turn around and go home or ask a friend or neighbor to check and see if the garage door is in fact closed, this system would be able to determine the status of the door and whether or not a vehicle has exited the garage by using sensors and/or cameras, and then notify them via a smartphone or the vehicle’s infotainment system.

Ford Patent Identify Status Of Garage Doors

It’s a simple idea, and one that’s already in use with things like homes with security systems, which can alert owners if a door was left open. As such, it’s certainly feasible to think that we might one day also be alerted if we forgot to shut our garage door, too.

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 ongoing 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. David Dickinson II

    The way Ford is going, future Ford vehicles will self-identify as garage doors too.

    1. Plains States Patriots

      Did you have fun with that?
      I hope you and everyone you know are all having a great chuckle!

      1. David Dickinson II

        I did.

  2. ArtG

    A Wyze smart garage door controller cost me $50. It comes with an HD camera, so I can SEE the status of my garage door on my phone, it’ll send an audio signal if it’s open, and I can open and close it remotely from anywhere in the world. It certainly is less complicated and expensive than integrating it into the car’s electronics.

  3. Bill

    Or you could just buy a smart garage door opener and use the FREE app to check the status and close it. You know Ford will put this in a package and charge for it.


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