first_imgStay on target Many mornings, I wake up to find my fiance’s head on my pillow and legs sprawled out where mine should be.And I’m not alone: Studies show that one in four people in a relationship sleep better alone.In fact, the old-fashioned practice of separate beds has become to popular there is a recognized trend for “sleep divorces.”But Ford doesn’t want you to lose sleep over a mattress hog.The vehicle manufacturer this week introduced a “Lane-Keeping Bed,” which applies car technology to ensure that “even the most selfish bed mate stays firms ‘in their lane’ through the night.”“Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we’re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly,” according to Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert.“If someone moves onto your side of the bed this defense mechanism will kick in and you’ll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly,” he explained. “I’ve seen it ruin relationships.”Ford’s “Lane-Keeping Bed” applies car tech to ensure even the most selfish bed mate stays firmly “in their lane” through the night (via Ford Europe)Just as Ford’s Lane-Keeping Aid avoids accidents by “nudging” the steering wheel in the correct direction, the prototype revolving mattress gently shifts people back into position.As exciting a prospect as this sounds, the smart bed is only a concept—and one unlikely to be developed into a commercial product.“Lane-Keeping Aid 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,” Anthony Ireson, director of Marketing Communications for Ford of Europe, said in a statement.The “Lane-Keeping Bed” is part of a series of Ford Interventions that apply automotive expertise to tackle everyday (or every night) problems.In December, Ford unveiled a prototype noise-cancelling kennel, using the same technology found in cars and headphones to protect sensitive canine ears during loud fireworks displays.Once internal microphones detect the sound of pyrotechnics, a built-in audio system kicks in, emitting opposing frequencies that cancel out—or at least significantly reduce—the offending noise.More on Wants to Design Cars With Virtual Reality SketchesFord’s Sweaty Robot Butt Tests Car Seat DurabilityFord Wants to Remove New Car Odors by ‘Heating Up’ Vehicles Watch: Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tows Over a Million PoundsFord Secretly Designed a Pickup Truck Emoji last_img