Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for window based privacy panels that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on June 6th, 2022, published on December 7th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0392430.
The Ford Authority Take
In recent months, Ford has filed patents for ideas including a liftgate-mounted privacy panel and an enhanced privacy system, signaling that the automaker is keen to improve our privacy while we’re riding around in our vehicles at some point down the road. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by introducing a similar yet different kind of concept – this time, for window based privacy panels that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
Historically speaking, vehicles have been used mostly for one purpose – transportation from one point to another, whether that be going to work or traveling on a vacation. However, Ford points out that more and more people are beginning to use their vehicles as things like mobile offices, meeting rooms, and even places for rest and relaxation. All of these are situations where we might not want folks peeking inside of our vehicles, and that’s what inspired the creation of this patent.
Here, Ford gives us an idea for a dual pane window system that would create a privacy mode within a vehicle, but in this case, it could be deployed only as desired. During normal operation, one wouldn’t even be able to tell that this system is present, but when needed, it could deploy a second panel behind the window glass that would completely block anyone from being able to see inside – much the same way shade systems operate in many current vehicles. It’s an interesting idea for certain, and one that could wind up being offered in future Ford vehicles as we begin to use them for more than just basic transportation.