Buzzkill: Ford can put screen doors on Bronco

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Screen doors do not work on submarines, but Ford believes they may be on SUVs.

Ford has filed a patent for a system for installing screen doors on an SUV.

Ford has filed a patent for a system for installing screen doors on an SUV.
(Ford)

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.

The design mounts power screens on rails along the open door and roof sections.

The design mounts power screens on rails along the open door and roof sections.
(Ford)

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.

The screens can be used to keep debris out or set to be triggered during a collision to help keep the occupants' arms and legs inside the vehicle.

The screens can be used to keep debris out or set to be triggered during a collision to help keep the occupants’ arms and legs inside the vehicle.
(Ford)

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.

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