Ford's "Lane-Keeping Bed" keeps sleep partners in their own lane

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Ford wants to save your relationship by employing vehicle assist technology to your bed

Many mornings, I wake up to find my fiance's head on my pillow and legs sprawled out where mine should be.

Studies show that 1 in 4 of those in relationships sleep better alone. But don't despair. If you are suffering in bed, you can always go the low-tech route that people used in the 50s: get a sleep divorce.

But Ford doesn't want you to lose sleep over a mattress hog.

One solution could be Ford's "Lane-Keeping Bed", that applies vehicle tech know-how to ensuring that even the most selfish bed mate stays firmly "in their lane" through the night.

"When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed", said Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert and author of How to Sleep Well.

Like a auto detecting when you're beginning to stray out of your lane and correcting the steering automatically, the bed's pressure sensors identify when a person has strayed off their side and usese a conveyor belt to shift them back. The mechanism, which intervenes whenever a couple are not lying neatly side by...

As exciting a prospect as this sounds, the smart bed is only a concept-and one unlikely to be developed into a commercial product. The new smart bed joins the smart dog house Ford Europe introduced past year.

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.

Like the chicly-constructed Noise-Cancelling Kennel, the modern-styled Lane-Keeping Bed is simply a prototype created to show the flexibility of Ford's automotive technology, It's not expected to be available for purchase.

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