Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an interior air monitoring system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on May 17th, 2022, published on November 23rd, 2023, and assigned serial number 0373269.
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In recent months, Ford has filed a handful of patents pertaining to air cabin quality, including ideas for a system capable of purging air out of a vehicle’s cabin during shipping, a cabin air quality warning system, and a harmful gas detection system. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for an interior air monitoring system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
With air quality becoming more of a concern – particularly for those that live in big cities or places where things like wildfires occur regularly – Ford continues to explore ways to detect and prevent that harmful air from entering a vehicle’s cabin. In this case, the system outlined in this patent aims to use a special housing that takes in air from the outside, taking a sample of it in the process, and then determining whether or not that air is harmful to occupants.
The detection assembly itself would use a variety of methods to accomplish this, including a light source, a biochip, and optical sensors, and after the analysis is complete, it would relay the results to a vehicle’s infotainment screen and/or a user’s mobile device. It’s an interesting idea for certain, and given the rise in concern over air quality, it could very well wind up being used in future Ford vehicles.