The patent itself was filed last year, and published in July 2022. Given that timeline, we could see this come to fruition within the next year or so. Still, it’s hard to say. As we’ve discussed above, many brands file patents simply so no one else can use them, and may or may not use the patent themselves.
Nevertheless, we’d like to see this one. It’s a simple, clever solution to powering items outside your vehicle. Plus, something so versatile and so simple is sure to please customers and be cheap to produce. If you ask us, putting this patent into production is a no-brainer. Let’s see if Ford feels the same way.