2015 F-150 Ford’s Most Patented Truck
Need any more reasons to be excited about the 2015 Ford F-150 before it hits dealerships later this year? How about the fact that it is now the most patented truck in Ford’s history? Oh, you couldn’t possibly be any more excited, you say? Well, you should be, because this means that the new F-150 has more new features and technology than you could probably even account for.
“The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation,” Alana Strager, a Ford program analyst charged with tracking new innovations for the 2015 truck, told Ford. “Ford engineers filed more than 100 new patents for technologies on this truck as they have worked to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”
Back in January, Ford touted the 2015 F-150 as the smartest ever built, and they sure weren’t joking. Some technologies and techniques for which Ford filed patents:
- LED side-mirror spotlights, which are exclusive to the segment
- Remote tailgate release, also an exclusive
- Reengineered tailgate with grab handle
- Spot welding methods
- Adhesives and hyrdroforming
All in all, the 2015 F-150 earned more than 100 patents and/or patent applications.
“Ford is teaching the world how to build a next-generation truck, and the more than 100 patents filed by the F-150 team for technologies on the 2015 truck further proves these Ford engineers and designers lead the automotive industry in innovation,” said Strager.
With other truckmakers pushing hard and heavy to incorporate aluminum in their next generation models, it cannot be doubted that the 2015 F-150, the most patented truck in Ford’s history, is setting the industry standard once again.