Ford has patented technology to hold loads in pickup trucks


The American automaker has found solutions to the age-old problem of pickup owners.

Ford has filed a patent for a nifty feature that could solve pickup truck owners’ problem of keeping things in the cargo bed. According to documents uploaded by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the patent filed by the automaker was for a “pickup truck platform with selectively activated magnetic floor sections.”

The title of the patent application pretty much explains what it is about. Ford wants to magnetize the truck bed floor. As explained throughout the 10 page document, it will be used to hold a load or securing devices.

It should be noted that there are several after-sales service solutions to solve the cargo problems mentioned. However, most of them offer magnetic boxes or other external devices instead of magnetizing the platform itself. The Ford patent includes up to six magnetic dots that can be turned on and off using in-car controls or a smartphone app.

The interaction between electromagnets to create the ideal solution for holding a load has been explained in patent documents. The second part of the patent states that magnetic mounts are likely to be used on Ford SUVs and vans.

The automaker has not previously considered using magnets to hold the load, as they are not entirely compatible with other electronic and mechanical elements of the car. For this new technology to work, Ford must find a way to protect other parts of its pickup trucks from the magnetic field.

As always, patents and trademark applications don’t always make it into production. However, they show that these automakers are constantly working to find solutions to practical problems.

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