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Ford Vehicles Could Get Crawl Mode For Four Wheel Steering

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a crawl mode with a four wheel steering system that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on September 30th, 2020, published on May 28th, 2024, and assigned serial number 11993262.

Ford Patent Crawl Mode For Four Wheel Steering

The Ford Authority Take

The concept of four-wheel steering systems is nothing new, and in fact, a handful of Ford’s competitors already employ something of that sort in select vehicles – a list that includes the Chevy Silverado EV and GMC Hummer EV. Meanwhile, Ford has filed patents for similar ideas, including one for a tank turn feature, an all-wheel steering system, and a scalable tractive-power system with all-wheel steering. Now, this newly published patent outlining an idea for a crawl mode for a four wheel steering system signals that the automaker hasn’t given up on that particular idea just yet.

Ford Patent Crawl Mode For Four Wheel Steering

The concept behind this patent revolves around using four wheel steering during conditions when traction may be difficult to find, such as in the snow, sand, mud, or ruts. If it comes to fruition in future Ford vehicles, this new system would be able to automatically lock the front and/or rear differentials, then activate front and rear actuators capable of turning the wheels in different directions, too.

Ford Patent Crawl Mode For Four Wheel Steering

From there, power would also be split between all four wheels as needed to regain traction and free a vehicle, after which the system would automatically turn all of the aforementioned features off and return to normal operation. Given the ever-increasing popularity of off-road vehicles in general, such an idea has a ton of merit, and may very well wind up coming to fruition in some form.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Thomasthetomas

    Makes sense. I could want one definitely when out in the wilderness.


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