Ford information patent for automobile repossession know-how

Automaker Ford has utilized for a patent to develop know-how that might allow autos to repossess themselves if their house owners have missed funds. 

The patent, titled “Methods and Strategies to Repossess a Car,” was submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) in August 2021 and first noticed by The Drive

The know-how would use the autos’ built-in information connections to remotely disable parts of the automobile to function warnings if the proprietor has missed funds.

Beginning with options like cruise management and the infotainment system, and escalating to extra important features such because the air-con system and the automated door lock/unlock system. 

If fee continues to be not obtained, an disagreeable sound may play each time the proprietor is within the automobile, and the automobile may lock them out.

The patent utility additionally outlines the usage of built-in autonomous-driving functionality to assist repossess the automobile. This might contain positioning the automobile for simpler pick-up by a tow truck and even autonomously driving it to a pre-designated location, such because the premises of the repossession company, lending establishment, or impound pound.

Nevertheless, a patent utility doesn’t essentially point out manufacturing intent. Ford usually submits patent purposes to the USPTO, however it stays to be seen if this explicit know-how can be developed and put into use.