Ford Develops Lane Keeping Bed for Healthy Sleep

The quality of sleep is important to health, but couples often interfere with each other’s movements. Ford has found a solution to that: the Lane Keeping Bed.

Lane Keeping Bed Image

The Lane Keeping Bed looks cozy – and a conveyor belt keeps everyone on their toes Page sleeps.

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Monday morning, many people feel lazy. Scientists call this phenomenon “social jet lag” – who meets on Saturday with friends and therefore sleeps longer on Sunday, mixes his rhythm. Fortunately, the body can usually compensate for lack of sleep quite well. The situation is different with regular sleep disorders. They cause immense damage to health and should therefore be treated. The most important measure is to prevent possible causes. For many couples, however, this is a restless partner who repeatedly rolls on the wrong side of the bed. Ford has now come up with a solution to that: the Lane Keeping Bed.

From Lane Keeping Assist in the Car to the Lane Keeping Bed in the Bedroom

Sleep is an important regeneration time for the body and is very important for the health. A deficiency initially reduces the ability to perform, leads to difficulty concentrating and possibly to headaches. Those affected are irritable and stressed faster. Among other things, the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke increases over the long term. In addition, lack of sleep affects the immune system, which increases the susceptibility to infections. The causes of sleep disorders can be diverse – in a US survey, 40% of respondents said that their partner was to blame and keep waking them with their movements, for example, unexpected touches. In fact, adults change their position in bed up to 20 times a night.

Ford’s new system could be a solution. For the Lane Keeping Bed, the development team has actually started from Lane Keeping Assist, which is available for some new Ford models. It recognizes the lane marking when the vehicle leaves the lane and actively steers against. Transferring to bed means that pressure sensors are housed in the mattress and register when one partner leaves his sleeping area and, for example, lies halfway on the other side of the bed. The “counter-steering” now takes over a kind of conveyor belt, by moving the bed surface. This automatically creates enough space for the partner who has been narrowed by the movements of the other. In the event that both partners roll too much back and forth, the nocturnal Lane Keeping Assist has no solution. Then really only separate mattresses help.

Further developments: car windows for the blind, crib and noise protection for dogs

The “lane keeping bed” is part of the project series “Ford Interventions”, which is about using the know-how of engineers to solve everyday problems. Last year, Ford had already introduced “Feel The View”, a car window for visually impaired passengers: As soon as the passenger presses the shutter button, a digital camera creates monochrome images. Using special LEDs, these recordings are transmitted to the side window of the vehicle as vibrations. These are generated in varying degrees of intensity – there are a maximum of 255 levels. The sighted or blind passenger can now feel these vibrations to get an idea of ​​the outside world. So the principle is based on braille, in which blind people also feel bumps above their fingertips.

The noise-canceling systems that automakers use to talk about background noise while driving are another sense hide as well as possible. Following the same principle, Ford has created a doghouse. It would, for example, be an ideal shelter for New Year’s Eve. The dog enters his cabin via an automatic glass door, creating a closed space. The cabin is insulated with cork and equipped with a microphone that registers outside noise and generates corresponding counter frequencies through loudspeakers that compensate for the noise. For example, the Ford Edge is equipped with a similar technology.

The Ford engineers have also developed a cot. It makes engine noise and rocks like a car, even the lighting effects that simulate passing street lights, the developers have thought. After sleeping parents found the idea so good that Ford even thought about the serial production of the bed. However, the plan was realized not.

Everyday products should support Ford marketing

Whether only one of these products is ever mass-produced is indeed questionable. Above all, Ford uses the “intervention” to point out the potential of his developments. Anthony Ireson, Director of Marketing Communications at Ford Europe, says about the Lane Keeping Bed: “The Lane Keeping Assist in our cars makes driving easier and more comfortable. We thought this smart bed would be a great way to show our potential customers a technology they may not have been aware of before. “