Ford uses lane-keeping technology to fix bed-hogging dilemma
It sounds almost too good to be true, and in the real world it would probably be prohibitively expensive, but Ford has come up with a bed that utilities its lane-keeping technology to put selfish bed hogs back in their place, literally.
It sounds almost too good to be true, and in the real world it would probably be prohibitively expensive, but Ford has come up with a bed that utilities its lane-keeping technology to put selfish bed hogs back in their place, literally. Ford calls it the u0027Lane-Keeping Bedu0027 and claims that, through using existing car tech, it can ensure that even the most selfish u201cspace invaderu201d can be made to stay u201cin their laneu201d throughout the night. The bed uses pressure sensors to identify when someone has strayed from their side of the bed and gently returns them to where they should be, with the help of an integrated conveyor belt.
Ford has, helpfully, managed to justify its slightly unusual invention with a safety angle. Apparently studies show that one in four people in relationships say they sleep better when alone, and quite often separate beds are the only answer to getting a good nightu2019s sleep. Over time, lack of sleep can make you dopey, and does increase the risk of injury and accidents, both at home, and on the road. Which his why Ford had to step in and build this prototype bed, which is part of a series of Ford u0027Interventionsu0027, in which the company uses automotive expertise to tackle everyday, or every-night, problems. u201cWhen sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed,u201d said Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert and author of How to Sleep Well. u201cHumans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so weu2019re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly. u201cIf someone moves onto your side of the bed this defence mechanism will kick in and youu2019ll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly. Iu2019ve seen it ruin relationships.u201d Apparently itu2019s not uncommon to change your position as you sleep between 12 and 20 times a night. You can watch the video showing how Ford applied its Lane-Keeping Aid technology to the bed problem here and then enjoy the pay-off line, which suggests that the bedu2019s ingenious technology means that: u201cCouples can do what they love to do in bed. Sleep.u201d Is your partner a persistent bed hog? Tell us in the comments below.
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