Ford Patents Sliding Truck Bed For F-150

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In an effort to stay ahead of its full-size pickup truck competitors, it appears Ford has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a sliding cargo bed platform that may be part of a future update for the F-150 pickup.

As points out, this is not a new idea, but they’re quick to downplay the concept as one well-known among commercial vehicle upfitters, but we think it’s notable as something that, to our knowledge, has never been done before as a factory pickup truck option.

Ford’s patent application contains the usual long list of written details of how it would work, including mention of a “slidably disposed” platform with a “drive assembly,” that clearly suggest the bed platform will slide in and out on electric power and include a safety feature that stops its movement if an obstacle is detected.

A handful of line drawings accompany the patent filing, one of which shows a schematic of a hybrid drive system, something we already knew was coming to the 2017 Ford F-150. The question that remains is whether the sliding bed platform will appear before the 2020 arrival of a hybrid pickup.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.