Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a seat-mounted work surface that could wind up being used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on March 21st, 2022, published on September 21st, 2023, and assigned serial number 0294582.
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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for a deployable vehicle desk that could fold down from the dashboard and console table assemblies that could be stowed away when not in use, and FoMoCo has also launched similar products already in actual production vehicles – a flat-folding steering wheel desk of sorts in the new Ford Transit Custom, as well as the Interior Work Surface feature that debuted in the 2021 Ford F-150. Now, this newly filed patent introduces yet another, similar idea – a seat-mounted work surface that could wind up being used in future Ford vehicles.
As was the case with the pair of aforementioned patents, this new filing is relatively simple in nature. It would consist of a seating assembly with a seat back that could be moved around or pivot if so desired, so that it can be stowed away to make room for a work surface that would be located underneath the seat. That way, owners could essentially transform the interior of their vehicles into a portable office of sorts without too much effort.
As we can see in these patent drawings, the work surface and seating can be configured in all different types of ways, making it quite convenient in that regard. This concept is something that Ford has explored in depth for some time now – meaning that its production work surfaces are seemingly just the beginning of what promises to be a more complex and potentially useful setup in the near future.