It appears Ram Trucks is considering a new and innovative ramp system for its cargo box. The ramp system has just been granted a patent through the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and is technically now available for Ram to use.

The system includes two ramps fitted into two recessed tracks within the cargo bed floor. To use, the tailgate is lowered and the ramps are pulled rearward until their latching mechanism engages a lateral track system running along the leading edge of the tailgate. This secondary track system allows the ramps to move side to side, accommodating a limitless number of wheeled vehicles being rolled into the bed.

What’s more, both ramps are independent of the other, allowing one ramp to be deployed at a time. This would make quick work of loading a motorcycle.

If this system makes production, it would mark Ram’s second major cargo-box innovation, following of course, the popular RamBox. However, there is no word on whether the automaker will implement this technology into the Ram anytime soon. When asked to comment on the ramp system, a Ram spokesman simply said, “[It’s] good to note that a patent does not always lead to a product.”

While it’s true product patents don’t always reach the assembly line, this ramp system would compete very strongly against Ford’s bed-ramp system found in the 2015 Ford F-150. The Blue Oval’s design incorporates removable ramps that are stored on the side of each bed rail and must be lifted into position on the tailgate.

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Why it matters

Innovations such as this can set an automaker apart from its competition and drive sales for that specific option. The RamBox is a great example for customers who want a lockable toolbox in their bed but don’t want an aftermarket system. Ram is the only truck maker with such a solution.

ATV, snowmobile, motorcycle, and lawn-tractor owners should find this ramp idea very appealing as it eliminates the need for storing bulky aftermarket ramps loose in the cargo bed. The ramps also free up the space otherwise taken up by wooden or metal ramps.

We’ll be sure to stay on top of any developments with Ram on this innovative new ramp system.

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Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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