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Ford has filed a new patent that suggests that the new Bronco is going to have an intricate terrain-response system and an active suspension setup.

The system in the patent is called Anomaly Mitigation Suspension Mode (AMSM) and according to an article form Motor Trend "The Ford patent describes a complex mating of hardware and software that essentially links the Bronco's (possibly optional) electronically adjustable suspension system to a monitoring setup tracking traffic, weather, terrain, and even what kind of music you're listening to to determine the car's optimal ride height and suspension behavior. It works both on the fly, automatically, and at the behest of the driver, via several apparently driver-selectable modes.

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The patent also reveals different suspension modes that include Entertainment Mode, Music Mode, and Daredevil Mode.

Entertainment mode monitors the driver's "non-traditional" inputs to determine which of the other two modes—Music or Daredevil—to activate. Music mode will set or fluctuate the car's ride height to match whatever's coming out of your speakers.

Daredevil mode, according to the patent, claims "the vehicle's suspension height may be mapped to the target suspension height such that the vehicle . . . can be driven on, for example, two and/or three wheels without overturning."

Here are the other suspension modes listed in the patent:
  • Mobility (the Avoidance, Traffic, Freight, and City Mobility modes fall under the Mobility umbrella)
  • Avoidance (adjusts to deliver quicker responses from the suspension)
  • Traffic (basically a comfort mode)
  • Freight (sounds like load leveling, in which the suspension accounts for a heavy cargo load)
  • City Mobility (sets the vehicle up for "aggressive" driving)
  • Cooperative (matches ride height to that of a nearby vehicle to facilitate transfer of cargo between them)
  • Utility (the Office, Towing, Cradle, and Rest modes fall under the Utility umbrella)
  • Office (a quiet, comfort-focused mode geared toward remote working within the car)
  • Towing (optimises the suspension for towing)
  • Cradle (no joke, this "assigns a low-frequency movement to the vehicle" to soothe a baby)
  • Resting (similar to the office setting, this makes the ride quiet and squishy)
  • Suspension Minder (the haptic and safety modes fall under the Suspension Minder umbrella)
  • Haptic (driver alerts can be registered by body motions / vibrations induced by the suspension)
  • Safety (maximizes suspension stability for safe avoidance maneuvers, similar to "avoidance" above)
  • Driver (Novice and Expert Driver functions fall under the Driver umbrella)
  • Expert Driver (if the vehicle determines the driver to be more experienced, it sets up the vehicle accordingly)
  • Novice Driver (if the vehicle determines the driver to be inexperienced, it sets up the vehicle accordingly)
  • Fun-to-Ride (this delivers a "rough ride" for a "fun-to-ride sensation for vehicle occupants")
  • Fun-to-Drive (sets up the suspension for aggressive on-road driving)
  • Quiet (works "in tandem with, for example, active noise cancellation to reduce road-induced noise and/or detected vehicle vibrations)
  • Vigilance Boosting (similar to the Haptic function, this detects driver fatigue and can buzz the car via the suspension to wake him or her up)
On top of the patent Ford also trademarked the term "G.O.A.T Modes," which is described as "drive systems comprised of automatic controls for vehicle chassis and powertrain controllers, integrated as an integral part of a passenger vehicle."


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Um, driven on two wheels?

That makes sense off-road, at times. I really can't see this being for on-road use
 

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Where's the rock crawler mode? Dialed in properly it sounds like it that system has the potential to work well offroad. But some of the modes listed sound more like:
 
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