Ford files patent for system that could remotely repossess a car

Ars Technica (03/02/2023)
  • Ford recently filed a patent detailing an electronic system that would allow a bank or leasing company to remotely disable car features (eg air conditioning, radio) or the car itself if the owner falls behind on car payments.
  • The system would also allow the lockout condition to be paused during medical emergencies or during the work week to prevent the loss of income.
  • The patent also describes using sensors and self-driving technology to locate vehicles and automatically self-drive them to impound lots.