Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a power cable obstacle detection system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on August 1st, 2022, published on February 1st, 2024, and assigned serial number 0037958.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford’s Pro Power Onboard generator has thus far proven to be a big hit since its debut a couple of years ago, providing folks with the ability to power everything from tools to electric vehicles to entire homes. Thus, it’s no surprise that a number of recent Ford patents seem poised to expand that system’s capability moving forward, providing us with ideas for a new interface for that feature, a remote power system, and retractable extension cords. Now, this newly filed Ford patent keeps that trend going by introducing another interesting idea – this time, a power cable obstacle detection system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
With more and more people using their vehicles to power things like tools at a job site, many are also using extension cables or just plain old power cables for those devices, which is the case at home, too. However, this presents the possibility of a potential hazard as well – other objects or people could come into contact with that cable.
To rectify that issue, this system would be able to detect when a cable is plugged into a vehicle, as well as the trajectory of that cable. Using sensors, the system would also be able to detect whether an object is within a predetermined distance from the power cable, and if that item gets too close, it could notify the user or even cut off power to the cable – a pretty simple yet potentially useful feature, indeed.