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Screen doors don’t work on submarines, but Ford thinks they might on SUVs.
The automaker has filed a patent for a system of screens that could fit vehicles like the Bronco that have removable doors and roof panels.
According to the submission, first discovered by The Drive, the screens would be mounted on rails and electrically operated to close the openings, which would create a barrier for insects and debris while allowing fresh air and light to penetrate.
Ford also describes how they can act as a safety system by using pyrotechnic devices, like those used in airbags, to instantly deploy the screens during a crash to help keep passengers’ arms and legs safe. vehicle interior.
Several aftermarket companies offer mesh window cover accessories for vehicles like the Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, but a factory-installed system like this has never been available.
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As with all patents, there’s no guarantee the displays will ever make it to production, but Ford already has hundreds of accessories for the Bronco to help it battle the Wrangler and the brands are in for a game. constant outbidding in the open air. off-road SUV segment.