Hide Your Stash (or Chill Your Beer) With This Handy Ford Patent

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
hide your stash or chill your beer with this handy ford patent

Cargo covers only hide so much. And at the end of the day, your SUV’s cargo area is merely a receptacle for refuse — you can’t tote the contents around outside the vehicle without a stolen shopping cart.

If a patent application filed by Ford Motor Company bears fruit, your cargo hold will have everything you need for tailgate parties, camping trips, and, just maybe, a long wait at the border.

The application filed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office illustrates a “storage bin system” located along the sides of a vehicle’s rear cargo hold. Ford calls it a “cargo compartment side-wall,” which houses removeable containers accessed through small rear doors, thus providing a secure, out-of-sight area to carry small, loose objects.

Not only that, the patent filing reveals the individual cargo boxes housed in separate sides of the vehicle can latch together once removed. Each has a carry handle and even small luggage-type wheels. With the storage bins latched together (via overlapping handles), the system’s utility increases. The automaker included a small dock for an electronic device on the topside of the bins, ensuring tunes for that inevitable picnic for parking lot party. (The area around the docking location is shaped to amplify the music.)

But what could you put in those storage bins? Well, valuable electronics and pistols are one possibility, but Ford’s patent images suggest a tastier option.

Ice-cold suds!

It’s possible owners might also choose wholesome artisanal soda (or “pop,” for you Canadians), or perhaps a multitude of juice boxes. Whatever the chilled liquid, the locking bins allows owners to carry a bevy of beverages and a stack of sandwiches around without having to deal with a loose ice chest and smushable cooler bag.

A variety of bin configurations (and capabilities) exist in the filing, as Ford apparently believes different buyers will have different needs. The sky’s the limit when it comes to these bins.

Whether we’ll see this system become available on a new Ford vehicle — a large, Expedition-sized vehicle, going by the drawings — remains a mystery. If it does, expect it to appear as optional equipment. While convenient, the system’s bulkiness means less cargo volume and a significantly narrower cargo floor.

[Images: Ford, via U.S. Patent and Trademark Office]

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 15, 2017

    Are these cavities big enough for dead bodies? I'm thinking about all the movies and TV shows where they used to stash a body in the trunk of a Grand Marquis, with room for a couple more. How they gonna stash bodies in a SUV?

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Oct 16, 2017

    A little oversight - on the left side, the fuel filler door is in the area to be occupied by the sliding cooler.

  • SCE to AUX "Dmitry Medvedev recently took a trip to China and praised the country’s cars as being on par with Mercedes-Benz"Tassos, help us out here!
  • Bugo There is some incorrect information here. First of all, the Z code 300 horsepower 390 4bbl had the Thunderbird valve covers. Source: I have owned a Z code 1962 Galaxie 500 2 door hardtop for almost 35 years. Also, the 340 horsepower 390 was a Police Interceptor engine and was quite rare. Confusingly, it was also given the Z code. The vast majority of 390 engines in 1962 were 300 horsepower engines. And the 352 is a fine engine, not "scrap metal". The 1962 352 only put out 220 horsepower, but in 1960, there was a 360 horsepower 352 that was Ford's first high performance engine since the 1957 supercharged 312 Fairlanes and Customs. That engine was anything but "scrap metal".
  • Add Lightness I think Rubbermaid was retained for the exterior design.
  • Add Lightness 3 pedals and not loaded with a bunch of 'features'Appears drivers there are engaged with driving.
  • Kwik_Shift I wish Lada came back to Canada with their slightly modernized offerings.