Ford wants conveyor belts in its super-big SUVs to move groceries to the front
Ford has filed a patent for what can only be described as a conveyor belt for the rear cargo section of its three-row SUVs, to aid in storage and removal of items.
Companies patent goofy things all the time, like airbags for pedestrians and baby-NSXs, but this seems like something that could actually happen if done properly, and that could actually be helpful.
Most three-row SUVs these days are massive, and to get something in and out of the damn things usually requires two or three trips back and forth from car to house, so it would make a lot of sense to actually improve one aspect of the whole thing.
The system seems to be aimed at groceries, but we can think of a few situations where it would be more helpful.
Imagine you have a dog that doesn’t want to get out of the car to go to the vet: well, you can just run the conveyor belts and it’ll slide him right out. Unless he uses it as a treadmill, in which case you won’t need to take him for a walk that day. Bonus!
Maybe this would also be great if you deliver papers and don’t want to get out of the car: just load the papers in the back, and conveyor them up to you in the driver’s seat to throw at houses. Excellent!
In seriousness, older buyers or one with disabilities might be able to make practical use of a system that helps better manage cargo-loading.
Whether or not Ford actually implements this technology into an upcoming vehicle remains to be seen, but it isn’t the most farfetched idea, and might even be a wonderful selling feature.