Ford goals to make cop vehicles safer for perps


The again seat of a police automobile is not essentially the most snug place to be, however Ford is taking a look at methods to a minimum of make the journey to reserving safer.

A Ford patent utility printed by the US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on Nov. 16 (and initially filed in 2022), describes an airbag system for the rear seats of police vehicles. Airbags would deploy from the bulkhead that separates the rear a part of the cabin from the entrance, not not like the way in which typical entrance airbags deploy from a car’s steering wheel and dashboard.

Ford police car airbag patent image

Ford police automobile airbag patent picture

Partitions separating the cops within the entrance seats from the detainees within the rear seats are a typical a part of the conversion from civilian autos into police vehicles. Meaning Ford’s proposed resolution would not contain including police-specific elements except vehicles are literally destined for law-enforcement responsibility.

New vehicles have already got airbags to guard rear-seat occupants, however they deploy from the perimeters quite than the entrance. Ford has additionally filed two patent purposes for roof-mounted airbags that might drop down in entrance of rear-seat occupants, or probably even encompass them, however the firm hasn’t given any indication of manufacturing plans.

Ford police car airbag patent image

Ford police automobile airbag patent picture

It is also unclear if Ford’s police automobile airbag will attain manufacturing, however it might actually slot in with the automaker’s brisk cop-car enterprise. The Ford Crown Victoria was as soon as the default U.S. police automobile, and Ford has managed to keep up a lot of that enterprise with right this moment’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.

Ford additionally sells a police model of the F-150, which earned the title of quickest police car in a 2021 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division (LASD) take a look at with a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.44 seconds at 98.19 mph. Ford has additionally provided Mustang Mach-E cop vehicles to the New York Police Division.


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