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Ford Seeks Patent For Self-Repossessing Vehicle Technology

March 6, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Ford’s vision for self-driving vehicles may go beyond simply eliminating the monotony of daily commutes. The auto maker’s innovative ideas may include the potential for cars to autonomously repossess themselves.

According to CNN, a recent document disclosed on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website reveals that Ford is exploring the possibility of implementing a system that enables a car to independently leave its owner if they fail to make their monthly auto payments.

If the owner continues to ignore delinquent notices via phone or even on vehicle screens, the car would, in the words of Ford’s patent application, “initiate execution of a multi-step repossession procedure.”

According to the patent, if step one fails to work the stereo might be programmed to “emit an incessant and unpleasant sound every time the owner is present in the vehicle.” 

Additional methods to clear up delinquencies, can involve deactivating features such as air conditioning, cruise control, or the radio. After which, things become even more complex, for example, refusing to unlock its doors. 

As a borrower, one’s livelihood may depend on commuting to work to earn the income necessary to repay a loan. As a solution, Ford may impose restrictions on the use of the vehicle, i.e., usage solely for commuting to work, grocery shopping, dropping off children at school, and enabling the car to drive itself to the nearest emergency room. The car would then go back to locking out its owner.

Last, the most extreme situation involving non-payment would end with the car receiving an over-the-air command to quit its owner. In that case, if the car isn’t capable of fully self-driving in traffic, it might just move itself to a place where it would be easy for a tow truck to retrieve it.

Although the patent was granted, it hasn’t been approved yet. 

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