Door & Airbag Patents Imply Bronco

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    Some more Ford patents were dug up, relating to removable doors and airbags. The caricature would suggest the Bronco is what they had in mind during the process.

    https://www.motor1.com/news/367234/ford-patent-filing-bronco-doors/

    https://www.caradvice.com.au/786823/2021-ford-bronco-patents-hint-at-removable-doors/

    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-bronco-removable-doors-patent/
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    Hopefully they have a way to turn these things off, so you don't get the tar knocked out of you for bumping into a tree or rock out on the trail.
     
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    #3 Aug 26, 2019
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    Interesting and I like it. Some new innovative ways to removed doors is definitely welcomed. Another reason for people to switch from Jeep.

    I like the diagram too. Suzuki Samuri / early Bronco.

    At this point I'm going to be very disappointed if the Bronco doesn't come with some kind of removable doors.
     
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    I’m hard as a rock right now.

    Hell yes.
     
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    While I know those patent drawings don't have to be 'accurate', them going that far kind of implies a very EB type of look, small A pillar, wont have the completely removable 'c' pillar, tailgate type 5th door, possibly even a built in cage for the back like the CJ-5s/7s. I'm not sure that last thing would fly though, they'll likely be required to have something similiar to the newer jeeps over the rear seat, unless it comes with only the front two, and a (one can hope) $1 'customer installed' rear seat, like the demon has on the front wheels and roll cage.
     
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    The idea is a great one and I love that they seem determined to bring the Bronco removable doors. However, don't put much stock into the renderings. These are just basic generic images to show the idea. It's still encouraging to see though.
     
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    We know removable doors are the plan now if we'd get to see the real thing.
     
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    I can't see how they could do this and not put the occupant in danger.
     
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    Which part?

    The telescoping metal tube that inflates an airbag seems like an injury waiting to happen, but as long as it only deploys during a collision and it is supposed to be inactivated during technical driving, they can probably avoid liability. People get black eyes etc from airbags in little fender benders and it's 'working as intended'.
     
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    Poor dog.
     
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    "Keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times" ... or they might get impaled by the airbag deployment mechanism.
     
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    I think I see it your way now. So maybe the airbag system is disabled when the door is not in place but maybe moves through an opening within the front door edge and comes out of the door when deployed. That I can see making sense and is pretty damn clever.
     
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    Using the structural tubing as a conduit for pressurized gas for deployment is a pretty cool idea too. Most of the mechanism could remain hidden.
     

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