GM has filed a patent application for a new pickup truck cargo bed utility wall system to quickly and easily install things like cargo tie-downs or accessory storage.
The GM patent filing has been assigned application number US 2022/0371666 A1 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and was published on November 24th, 2022. The patent was originally filed on May 20th, 2021, and lists several Michigan-based engineers as the inventors, including Thomas P. Grabowski, Kurt Baldauf, John David Taylor, and Charles Salvatore Calcaterra.
The patent describes a utility wall that is installed in the inner panels of a pickup truck bed, with the wall incorporating a series of repeating apertures of varying lengths and widths. The utility walls are installed along the right and left sides of the pickup truck bed, as well as against the inner wall of the tailgate.
The apertures are of appropriate size and configuration to provide mounting points for bolts or tie-downs. As such, this system would provide enhanced utility for those looking to use their pickup to haul goods or cargo, but require added flexibility in terms of securing said goods or cargo.
Notably, the patent also mentions the MOLLE system, an acronym used by the U.S. armed forces that stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Essentially, the MOLLE system maximizes the utility of load-bearing equipment and backpacks by incorporating webbing and modular attachments. While similar systems are seeing increasing use in non-military applications, such as outdoor equipment, it’s possible this new patent describes a system in development for future GM Defense vehicles.
Back in 2020, GM Defense was awarded a contract to develop the new GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) for the U.S. Military. Based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2, the GM Defense ISV incorporates a variety of commercial-off-the-shelf components, and is designed to quickly transport up to nine passengers. More recently, it was reported that GM Defense was selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a new battery pack prototype for testing and analysis in conjunction with Department of Defense platforms.