Ford Submits Patent For Car That Repossesses Itself Or Locks Drivers Out

  • The technology could theoretically be implemented in several vehicle classes, including both electric and internal combustion vehicles.
  • In the event of missed payments, the technology could also begin to deactivate vehicle features such as the air conditioning system, remote key fobs, and automated locks to “cause an additional level of discomfort to a driver and occupants of the vehicle” and encourage payment submissions.
  • The technology could alternatively activate chimes, beepers, or radios to “emit an incessant and unpleasant sound every time the owner is present in the vehicle.”