Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system capable of purging air out of a vehicle’s cabin during shipping that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on April 11th, 2022, published on October 12th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0322046.
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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for a poor outdoor air quality separation system, as well as a harmful gas detection system, both of which are notable given the fact that many parts of the world have faced air quality issues over the years. This trend figures to continue, which has prompted yet another patent filing from The Blue Oval – this time, for a system capable of purging air out of a vehicle’s cabin during shipping that could be used in future Ford vehicles.
The concept behind this patent filing is that when vehicles are shipped from one place to another, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could form inside its cabin, which is typical for a time after the vehicle is manufactured – usually within the first 120 days after that process is complete. During the shipping process, airflow inside of the vehicle’s cabin is also typically restricted, which means that those VOCs have no way to escape.
This is a problem because in some countries, regulations and/or guidelines have been established regarding acceptable levels of chemical concentrations in new vehicles, meaning that such a system is needed. As such, the system outlined in this patent would use ventilation space with an air extractor connected to the side of a vehicle, which could automatically activate a fan to purge these chemicals from the interior – making it a safer and more pleasant place to be once that vehicle is delivered.