Ford drone patent describes safe UAV operation over public roads
A US patent filing by Ford Motor Co. published this month provides details on a system the automotive giant is developing to permit secure drone flights over public roads.
Ford filed its “Systems and Methods For Operating Drone Flights Over Public Roadways” patent application in June of last year, and sharp-eyed specialist site Ford Authority just reported its publication by authorities in mid-December. As always in such documents, the request is fairly wonk-heavy in details describing Ford’s system to permit a drone to safely operate over public roads – and therefore ground vehicles and people – using continual communications tech that would allow it to detect looming danger and get clear of objects below.
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The Ford patent application calls for using a communication system between drones deployed over roadways and various ground objects (including vehicles) to inform…