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Ford's "Lane-Keeping Bed" keeps sleep partners in their own lane

Ford's "Lane-Keeping Bed" keep...
The Lane-Keeping Bed utilizes technologies derived from Ford's lane-keeping assist systems on automobiles
The Lane-Keeping Bed utilizes technologies derived from Ford's lane-keeping assist systems on automobiles
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The Lane-Keeping Bed utilizes technologies derived from Ford's lane-keeping assist systems on automobiles
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The Lane-Keeping Bed utilizes technologies derived from Ford's lane-keeping assist systems on automobiles

Based on the automaker's lane-keeping assist systems for cars, Ford's Lane-Keeping Bed was engineered to keep partners together in bed, with everyone sharing. We can't vouch for its comfort as a mattress, but it apparently does keep bed hogs in their place.

Drawing on studies to show why a Lane-Keeping Bed is necessary, Ford engineers found that one in four people in a relationship sleeps better alone, and that sleep loss can result in injuries and accidents. Separate beds have been the solution for some sleep-deprived couples. Keeping those couples together, Ford says, is important.

Hence the Lane-Keeping Bed, which is shown in the video below. The bed rotates its "mattress" on a conveyor belt, centering the bed's occupants. The positions of those people are ascertained through weight sensors in the bed. These sensors work in a way similar to the radar and camera sensors on a Ford car equipped with lane-keeping assist, keeping the vehicle centered between its lane's markings.

The Lane-Keeping Bed is part of the Ford Interventions program, which is intended to solve everyday problems with solutions taken from automotive design.

Source: Ford

3 comments
paul314
Is this ostensibly targeted for valentine's day? Seems to me that this is solving the wrong problem. Most bed hogs don't necessarily slumber over to their partner's side, they just spread out so that their body, arms and legs occupy way too much space. This would sorta kinda solve the issue of the person who snuggles closer and eventually push their partner onto the floor, but that's not a majority.
Username
With every purchase the customer gets a 3 day course on how to change the bottom sheet!
Catweazle
Seems an expensive replacement for a broomstick.