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Screen doors do not work on submarines, but Ford believes they may be on SUVs.
The carmaker has filed a patent for a system of screens that could be fitted to vehicles like the Bronco that have removable doors and roof panels.
According to the submission, which was first revealed by The Drive, the screens would be mounted on rails and motorized to close the openings, which would create a barrier for insects and dirt, while allowing fresh air and light to enter.
Ford also describes how they can act as a safety system by using pyrotechnic devices, such as those used in airbags, to instantly deploy the screens during an accident to help keep passengers’ arms and legs inside the vehicle.
Several aftermarket companies offer mesh window 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 is no guarantee that the screens will ever go into production, but Ford is already offering hundreds of accessories for the Bronco to help it fight the Wrangler, and the brands are in a constant game of one-upsmanship in it. fri. off-road SUV segment.