Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a reconfigurable heated shelf that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on May 12th, 2022, published on November 16th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0364974.
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Ford has filed patents for all sorts of heated items that could be used in future vehicles over the past few months, a list that includes a heated SecuriCode keypad, heated interior trim, a deployable heated shelf, and an outdoor heating system, to name just a few. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing a similar idea – this time, for a reconfigurable heated shelf that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
The idea behind this particular patent filing is that currently, many vehicles offer cargo areas accessible by a tailgate, such as crossovers and SUVs, but in many cases, those cargo areas aren’t really what one might call feature rich. Thus, Ford is looking at enhancing the functionality of rear cargo areas by adding this reconfigurable heated shelf that can be used for a number of purposes – including, it seems, for tailgating at sporting events or things like concerts.
The shelf could be moved into many different positions as desired, doubling as a seat, a table with cupholders, or just a seat back, to name a few. The kicker here is, the shelf would also be equipped with a heating element, which could be quite nice for those cool weather outdoor gatherings when one is looking to stay warm. In any event, it’s clear that Ford is at least thinking about making more tailgate-friendly vehicles in the future, and this may be one possible way to achieve that goal.