Ford filed a patent back in October 2020 for methods and apparatus to perform a tank turn.
The patent was published late last night on the United States Patent Office’s website.
The patent shows off a feature that uses controllers at each end of the vehicle to move the axels in different directions.
As per the patent, when the driver engages the feature, several things happen.
- The system will engage a set of brakes and tires
- Decrease the suspension load on said wheels
- Drive the front wheels in reverse and the rear wheels forward
The result would be an ultra-tight turn.
This kind of feature is not a first in the auto industry.
Tank turning is an excellent feature, especially for people looking to use their vehicle for off-roading.
Along with four-wheel steering, companies are looking to cater to those who are off-road but still want regular vehicle comfort.
Ford has yet to comment on the patent or confirm if the feature is coming with the Ford F-150 Lightning or a future version of the truck.