Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicle seating system that could be used in future Ford pickup beds, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on March 11th, 2022, published on September 21st, 2023, and assigned serial number 0294562.
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In recent months, Ford has filed a few patents outlining new ways to incorporate seating areas into vehicles, including cargo area seating for the rear of a crossover or SUV, along with another filing outlining an idea for a transformable rear seat that can be flipped around if one wants to use it for tailgating purposes, too. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going, albeit in a different direction, as it presents us with yet another new idea – this time, for a vehicle seating system that could be used in future Ford pickup beds.
Ever since, well, the advent of the pickup, people have been sitting in the beds of those types of vehicles, though it isn’t quite as common – at least in moving vehicles – as it used to be. Regardless, there are times when using the bed of a pickup as a seating area might be useful, such as camping or tailgating, and that’s precisely where this patent comes into play.
As one might imagine, the idea here is to provide seating in the bed of a pickup that can be stowed away when it isn’t in use, then deployed when it is needed. The seats would be mounted into the sidewalls of the bed, along with a support structure. The seats would also be attached in a way that one could remove them if so desired, which would give them full use of the bed, while also having the option to leave the seats in place, too.
This is certainly an interesting idea, and given its modular nature, Ford could even use the same mounts that hold the seats for additional items, such as ramps, ladders, or other things one might want to stow in a pickup bed. As such, it’s something that we could very well see used in future Ford pickup beds at some point.