FORD workers have dreamed up some icons down the years like the Capri, RS Turbo, XR2 and Mustang.

But they’ve clearly got too much time on their hands these days.

The Blue Oval have revealed today that their employees have devised new ideas to live in the “city of tomorrow”.

These include a dog nanny drone and hands-free umbrella. Yes I’ve just checked the date and April Fool’s was 18 days ago.

Ford's umbrella drone

Ford’s umbrella drone

Ford designer Itzel Cortes has designed a concept drone that would take your dog for a walk, take orders and, best of all, pick up mess after them.

Cortes said: “I love my Dachshund Liuba 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 okay, watch her and talk to her.”

Using a smartphone app and a smart collar to connect you to your dog, the system would know when it’s time to return home and note whether your pet has eaten.

Ford's guide dog drone

Ford’s guide dog drone

Other drone concepts dreamed up by Ford employees included a ‘stay dry drone’ that hovers a hands-free umbrella above the user, and a ‘smart guide dog’ that could help the partially sighted and blind get around more easily, by monitoring what’s ahead and providing instructions through an earpiece.

The last idea is genuinely excellent.

Last year, Ford workers submitted plans for more than 8,000 inventions – nearly double the number submitted in 2014.

Well, Ford workers, please stop messing about and get on with designing a Capri for the 21st century.

By Phil Lanning

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