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Future Ford Vehicles Could Automatically Engage In Drafting

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an automatic drafting system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on April 19th, 2022, published on October 19th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0334989.

Ford Patent Automatic Drafting System

The Ford Authority Take

In recent months, Ford has filed a handful of patents outlining ways to charge all-electric vehicles while they’re driving down the road. Aside from highways that are capable of charging vehicles wirelessly as they drive along, FoMoCo is looking at ways to use other vehicles to charge EVs while they’re in motion, too, which means that they’d have to stop for a charge less frequently – if at all. While this newly filed patent isn’t totally related to that concept, it does present us with a possible way to help reduce energy consumption, as well as perhaps save fuel in ICE vehicles when driving on the highway, which could very well wind up being used in future Ford vehicles.

Ford Patent Automatic Drafting System

This particular drafting system patent – officially known as “slipstream driving arrangement systems and methods” – combines an ages-old concept with new technology in a number of ways. Most of us are well aware that “drafting” – or driving closely behind a larger vehicle such as a semi-truck – can improve efficiency in both ICE and all-electric vehicles, as the airflow can go over a vehicle following closely behind it, optimizing aerodynamics in the process.

Ford Patent Automatic Drafting System

This system would take care of that particular task for us, automatically, in a very interesting way. Users would be able to activate it, then input how much time they’d be willing to give up, as well as financial preferences. The system would then detect when it’s possible to draft behind another vehicle – even forming a caravan of multiple vehicles when possible – to maximize efficiency. It’s a pretty interesting idea, and given the desire to maximize range, one that could possibly wind up being used in future Ford vehicles.

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 comprehensive 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. John V

    Sure lets allow the vehicle to ride on some trucks bumper. What could possibly go wrong. Idiots.

  2. David Dickinson II

    A better, futuristic idea is to have vehicles “couple up” like freight cars when they are going longer distances in the same direction. That would cut wind resistance and save energy.

  3. Mike K

    I thought tailgating was illegal. I sure hate it when someone is tailgating me!!


    Large groups of vehicles drafting on the highway is just what we all need at rush hour when other vehicles are trying to merge onto the highway. What could go wrong?

  5. 1970Mav

    Very interesting but, so stupid

  6. TK

    It’s called tailgating Ford ! Think Ford’s marketing people have ” Jumped the shark “.


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