Ford patents movable in-vehicle desk


Ford needs to make automobile interiors extra like residing rooms.

A latest patent utility from the automaker revealed by america Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) April 20, 2023, however initially filed Oct. 14, 2021, reveals a movable in-vehicle desk positioned among the many seats in a automobile cabin.

Ford movable in-vehicle table patent image

Ford movable in-vehicle desk patent picture

In response to the patent utility, the desk could be mounted to a base affixed to the ground, and have a pivoting arm that might permit it to be positioned both parallel or perpendicular to a automobile’s middle line. The movable floor might additionally flip up, revealing a display screen mounted on the underside. Ford included footrests as nicely.

The drawings present tables at the back of what would seemingly be an SUV and rather than the entrance passenger seat. Additionally they present again seats mounted longitudinally within the automobile as an alternative of latitudinally like traditional to face the desk.

This isn’t the primary time an automaker has designed an in-vehicle desk. The Chrysler City & Nation and Dodge Grand Caravan as soon as supplied a fold-out desk as a part of an optionally available swiveling-seat configuration. This allowed seats within the rear two rows to face one another with the desk in between. That function went away with the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica for the 2017 mannequin 12 months.

Ford movable in-vehicle table patent image

Ford movable in-vehicle desk patent picture

Ford hasn’t bought minivans within the U.S. in years, however it does appear taken with including furnishings to the cabins of different automobiles. It already affords fold-flat seats within the F-150 pickup truck, in addition to a folding shifter that turns the middle console right into a flat workspace.

Ford has additionally tried to patent a dashboard desk and lay-down entrance seats. The previous describes a small desk that pops out from a recess below the dashboard, whereas extra patent purposes focus on reclining seats packaged with a retractable steering wheel and pedals to make in-car naps extra snug. Whether or not any of those options make it into manufacturing automobiles stays to be seen, nevertheless. Automakers typically patent concepts to safe mental property earlier than locking in manufacturing plans.

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