Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system capable of hosting virtual meetings that could wind up being used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on April 4th, 2022, published on October 5th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0316235.
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Since announcing that interior design is leading the vehicle development process last year, Ford has filed a bevy of patents revolving around ways to make a vehicle’s interior more useful and configurable. That includes ideas such as a deployable desk, a seat-mounted work surface, an enhanced in-cabin sleep experience system, console table assemblies, and a completely reconfigurable interior, to boot. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing yet another interior-related idea, this time for a system that could host virtual meetings inside of future Ford vehicles.
Over the past few years, more and more people are working remotely and connecting to meetings and co-workers via a variety of meeting platforms, ranging from Zoom to Microsoft Teams. While most of these virtual meetings take place at home or in the office, there are times when someone might be out traveling or just tooling around town with the need to participate in such a meeting, which is precisely where this patent comes into play.
Rather than using a smartphone to connect, Ford envisions a future where a vehicle’s infotainment screen can be used to facilitate virtual meetings, particularly in a non-distracting manner. The system would be able to determine the identify of the person using it – as well as whether or not they’re authorized to participate in a meeting – manage data from multiple sources, and handle all of the requisite needs. Given how popular virtual meetings have become in recent years, such an idea makes a lot of sense, and would seemingly provide a bit of an upgrade for those on the go.