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Hands-free umbrella and dog nanny – Ford blueprints for futuristic drones revealed

Would you trust a drone to walk your dog?

By Ellie Burns

The engineers over at Ford are certainly thinking outside the box if the latest blueprints are anything to go by, with a ‘Dog Nanny’ and hands-free umbrellas just two of the designs for futuristic drones.

Employees were tasked with putting forward ideas for futuristic drones, with Ford engineers and designers asked to put on their innovation hat to think of how drones could be utilised and used in the future.

The blueprints all give an insight into how Ford may be thinking of using drones to make life easier in the future, with concepts put forward by Ford employees.

One concept was the ‘Dog Nanny’, which could let owners set and monitor walks from a smartphone, as well as dish out treats and pick up after a pet.

Hands-free umbrella and dog nanny - Ford blueprints for futuristic drones revealed

Ford designer Itzel Cortes Cortes, who came up with the Dog Nanny, said: “I love my Dachshund but I’m not able to take her for a walk as often as I would like. ‘Dog Nanny’ would mean she could go out when she wanted and I could still make sure she was OK, watch her and talk to her.”

Another concept put forward from the great minds at Ford was the ‘Umbrella Drone’, which would be a hands-free way of keeping dry should the heavens open. Although only a concept, one can only imagine the logistics involved in opening an umbrella drone in the midst of a storm.

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Another ideas put forward was a ‘Guide Dog Drone’, which could help blind people get about, and a ‘SOS Drone’ which would make rescues easier.

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“Ford’s greatest resource is, and always has been, its employees,” said Walter Piils, supervisor, Innovation Management for Mobility Research, Ford of Europe.

“Innovation is as much at the heart of how our designers and engineers think now, as it was when Henry Ford first set about transforming the way we move.”

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