Ford has received a US patent for an autonomous vehicle interior design

Ford has received a US patent for an autonomous vehicle interior design.

Leaked patent drawing shows the driver and passenger seats can swivel 180 degrees around when the machine is running. What’s more, the steering wheel ca fully retract into the dashboard, providing more room for passengers.

There’s also the possibility for the front seats to fold down and turn into a footrest for the rear passengers. According to the currently available information, in this configuration the driver has to operate the vehicle only during the first miles of ride.

“We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business,“ Ford PR Said Deep commented to Automotive News. “Patent submissions help protect our new ideas but do not necessarily indicate future business or product plans.”

Earlier this year Ford announced it is already working on a fully autonomous vehicle, which means this interior could very well be used in this project.

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