Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an enhanced privacy system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on April 28th, 2022, published on October 31st, 2023, and assigned serial number 11804207.
The Ford Authority Take
Some time ago, Ford shifted its design focus to the interior of future models rather than the exterior, which is notable given the fact that this has historically not been the case across the entire automotive industry. It’s clear that Ford plans to innovate in this space and make future models more like mobile living rooms than basic transportation, a notion supported by its recent patent filings for a system capable of hosting virtual meetings, a seat-mounted work surface, and a convertible work station. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for an enhanced privacy system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
The concept behind this new patent filing is to create a quiet, secluded office space using a vehicle interior that can maintain one’s privacy while doing things like talking on the phone or participating in conference calls. This is also true of times when one might need to review documents with sensitive information, which is the type of thing that we’d want to prevent onlookers from being able to see through a vehicle’s glass, too.
Thus, that’s precisely where this patent comes into play – it presents an idea for a system that’s capable of detecting when pedestrians are near a vehicle, and then reacting by generating a “masking” noise to obscure any conversations going on inside. The system would even be able to detect the noise levels inside and outside of the vehicle to determine the appropriate volume of that masking noise, making it a potentially useful feature for those that tend to work on the go.