After decades of experience and knowledge, auto-maker Ford have swiftly entered into the world of furniture and homeware with the lane-keeping bed which is designed to help bed sharers get a better nights sleep.
Ford have adapted the same technology to the new invention as they do when testing their vehicles; a theory called Lane-Keeping Aid. This monitors road markings ahead of the vehicle and "nudges" the steering wheel in the opposite direction if it senses the driver is veering too close to another lane.
So how does this relate to furniture?
The smart bed makes sure that even the most invasive of bed partners stays on their side of the road. Sorry, we mean, their side of the bed. The mattress has pressure sensors which detect when a person moves from one side of the bed to the other, and gently rolls them back to their side with the help of an integrated conveyor belt. It's Genius!
“Lane-Keeping Assist in our cars can make driving easier and more comfortable, We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed, would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of” added Anthony Ireson, Ford of Europe’s marketing communication director.
The Lane-Keeping Bed is one in a series of 'Ford Interventions', in which the company applies its automotive expertise to tackle everyday problems. At the moment, this is just a prototype, so don't go expecting to order one in your go-to furniture store.