Auto producers file patents for varied concepts each single day, and typically, you come throughout one which’s really attention-grabbing. It appears Toyota is considering inside the field on this one.
Patent number US 11,858,408 B1 was initially filed again in June 2022 however revealed early this 12 months. In essence, it is an air mattress caught to the underside of a pickup mattress cowl. Flip a change and it inflates downward into the mattress, pushing into and surrounding in any other case unfastened gadgets, holding them neatly in place till you flip one other change to deflate it. Or till a pointy nook of the metal cabinets you are hauling punctures the bladder. Presumably, Toyota assumes this would not be used with gadgets which have the potential to tear by way of plastic, vinyl, material, or no matter this large air bladder is fabricated from.
As you would possibly count on, it is inflated with an air compressor put in within the mattress between the internal wall and outer sheet metallic. The patent description says it may very well be hooked into the truck’s pc mind, monitoring strain on the bladder (or bladders) to maintain issues safe.
It does seem to be a novel method to maintain the groceries or that cool set of used golf golf equipment you scored at a storage sale from skidding across the mattress whereas driving dwelling. Toyota particularly makes use of the time period “air mattress” within the patent’s description. The truth is, it is referenced as getting used for tenting, be it on the bottom or within the mattress of the truck.
It is an intriguing concept, however is it a sensible one? Providing a mattress cowl that inflates to grow to be an air mattress is a neat concept for tenting, however we surprise if the entire cargo-securing facet was an afterthought that somebody determined to patent. We’re reminded of what number of leaking inflatable mattresses we have thrown out at dwelling after utilizing them simply to sleep, by no means thoughts holding the children’ bikes in place whereas on trip.
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