From dashboard map racks to shift knob ashtrays, our “Industry History” section features a lot of quirky interior tech from the early 20th century. However, automakers are still designing bizarre gadgets.
Case in point: Doug Martin, an engineer for Ford Motor Company, recently unveiled On-The-Go-H2O, a system to collect A/C condensation and route it to a console faucet so that drivers and passengers always have access to clean drinking water.
According to Doug and his colleague John Rollinger, the system can produce nearly 2 liters of filtered water per hour, which is more than enough for a driver and three passengers.
The following video explains exactly how On-The-Go-H2O works:
It’s a cool invention, but could be made even cooler if Doug and John hook it up to a coffee machine. Imagine having a cup of fresh brewed French vanilla whenever you want. Wouldn’t that be great?
It’s not clear whether or not Ford plans to put On-The-Go-H2O into production. However, it’s definitely a feature that could work in the cabins of self-driving cars.