At the end of a hectic day, snuggling up to the one you love should be a welcome relief.
But for those who share their bed with a “space invader”, precious hours can be lost simply trying to reclaim a fair share of the mattress.
Studies show that one in four of those in relationships sleep better alone. And over time, sleep loss increases the risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road.
But if separate beds don’t appeal – a phenomenon now so popular that there is a recognized trend for so-called “sleep divorces” – what next?
One solution could be Ford’s “Lane-Keeping Bed” that applies car tech know-how to ensuring that even the most selfish bedmate stays firmly “in their lane” through the night.
Available in most Ford vehicles, Lane-Keeping Aid monitors the road markings ahead and actively supports the driver to safely guide the vehicle back into the correct lane by “nudging” the steering wheel in the correct direction; this complements other camera-based systems that help drivers avoid inadvertently straying out of their lane.
This technology inspired the “Lane-Keeping Bed” that 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.
Just a prototype, the “Lane-Keeping Bed” is part of a series of Ford Interventions; applying automotive expertise to tackle everyday – or in this case, every night – problems.