Ford patent turns driverless cars into mobile cinemas

Ford has filed a patent that could transform its driverless cars into entertainment centres – with the addition of a windscreen that also doubles as a movie screen

When driverless cars come fully into their own, no longer requiring any input from passengers other than a set destination, the company is researching how best to keep customers content during long journeys.

Looking to reposition the car as the mobile living room of the future the auto giant filed a patent for an ‘Autonomous vehicle entertainment system’ earlier this month.

The car will project media onto the main screen while in autonomous mode and will redirect it to smaller screens “such as a display in the dashboard” when the motor is being driven by a passenger.

On whether or not we’ll see the screens in Ford cars anytime soon, Ford told Forbes: "We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business.

“Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

Back in January the company patented a self-propelled unicycle which nabs car wheel with the intention of designed sleek transport solutions. Many likened it to Batman’s Tumbler Motorbike from the Christopher Nolan series.