Ford has a history of designing creative inventions to aid
with everyday life, many of which have nothing to do with cars. Each of these
quirky designs demonstrates a technology feature the automaker has used to
improve its vehicles.
As Ford sees it, runaway shopping carts and overenthusiastic children can make a trip to the store potentially destructive. Kids can take the cart for a joy ride, or parents can lose control when distracted. To fix this dilemma, the engineers at Ford built a shopping cart with their Pre-Collision Assist technology installed. The sleek cart can sense obstacles ahead and brake before impact.
Max Motors Dream Cot
The old trick of taking a fussy baby for a drive to lull them to sleep comes condensed into a stylish, immobile cot. The Max Motors Dream Cot simulates an evening drive with soft engine noise, gentle movements like turns on the road, and soft orange lights to mimic passing streetlights.
Showcasing the Active Noise Control system used to reduce road noise, Ford developed a dog kennel to block out noises like fireworks to ease pets’ anxieties. The system, wrapped in an ultra-modern design, uses anti-vibration risers, noise-cancelling audio, and acoustic isolation panels to wrap pups in a cocoon of peace.
Potholes can feel like the unavoidable bane of any driver’s existence — they’re easy to find and hard to miss. But a new pothole detection technology might change that. The new Ford Focus will spotlight this new technology that will minimize the damage that a pothole might cause.
The new Ford Focus will feature a new advanced suspension technology that will adjust to potholes when the system detects them. This technology comes with the Ford Focus’ Continuously Controlled Damping system. The pothole detection technology was tested on the ultimate pothole challenge — a test road at Ford’s Belgium test facility which is built with extreme potholes and other hazards on the road. If the pothole technology succeeded on this challenge, it’s sure to make a big difference when used on the average road.
The 2019 Ford Focus compact car should go on sale sometime in 2019. The brand will likely offer it as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. In addition to its advanced pothole detection technology, it boasts an attractive new design, a more spacious interior, and additional driver-assist technologies.
For more information about this creative Ford contribution to driving safety, contact us at Tropical Ford.
Thanks to our beautiful weather, we get motorcyclists all year round here in Florida. Unfortunately, all across the United States, motorcyclists die in collisions with other vehicles. In fact, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Ford is working on a new technology that could help make motorcyclists safer.
This technology, which is not in official production, would add a safety measure to vehicles that would help them detect lane-splitting motorcycles. Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic, it is also called white-lining. This maneuver can be dangerous and is illegal in Florida along with many other states. It is, however, legal in California, and not specifically outlawed in 12 other states.
Autoblog discovered a patent filed by Ford titled, “Detection of Lane-Splitting Motorcycles.” This technology would use a camera and sensor system to look out for motorcyclists and would warn the driver if it detects any lane-splitting riders.
This technology would be relatively easy to incorporate into the modern Ford lineup since it utilizes existing sensor technology that is already present in many models. It would also help drivers who aren’t usually on the lookout for motorcycles riding up between by warning them of their presence.
This March, Ford announced the all-new Ford Co-Pilot360: a suite of standard, advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies. In the advent of intelligent safety technology within the auto industry, Ford has once again proven itself as a top competitor. In fact, Ford Co-Pilot360 is the most advanced safety suite of all full-line North American brands, and it will come standard across Ford vehicles within the next couple of years. The new 2019 Ford Fusion marks the global debut of this state-of-the-art suite which offers drivers a wide range of protection while on the road.
The 2019 Ford Fusion is impressive in more ways than one, but no one can deny that the Ford Co-Pilot360 is one of its most exciting standard features. Every trim level will feature this technology, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping system, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lights. All of these features contribute to a more comfortable, confident driving experience that you can trust. For instance, the blind spot information system will actively monitor your blind spots and alert you if there are vehicles on either side of your car. The automatic emergency braking system monitors the path ahead of you and automatically applies the brake if it detects a vehicle or pedestrian, helping you to avoid front-end collisions.
Business owners who want to stay connected with their employees on the road won’t have to wait long. Ford is partnering with Telogis to provide employers with a convenient way to track and optimize their fleet vehicles. The connected commercial vehicle services will be available on models equipped with the Ford SYNC® Connect infotainment system.
The Telogis-provided service will be available first in 2018 Ford F-150 models equipped with SYNC® Connect. From there, companies simply need to link their vehicles to an existing Ford Telematics or Telogis account.
Ford’s connected commercial vehicle services will allow companies to monitor and optimize its fleets and, by extension, workers. Through the Ford SYNC® Connect system, companies can keep track of vehicle location, navigation, route planning, and driver behavior.
“The addition of connectivity in Ford commercial vehicles provides value for customers that goes way beyond owning a great truck,” said Susan Heystee, VP of worldwide OEM sales, Telogis.
The Telogis Mobile Resource Management software will begin its roll out with the 2018 F-150. Other commercial vehicles, like the Ford Transit Connect, will follow soon after.
We at Tropical Ford are happy to see Ford offering new ways for business owners to optimize their fleets.
Newer Ford models offer drivers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but if you bought a Ford with SYNC 3 before those connectivity systems were available, you’re in luck. Ford’s 2016 fleet had the SYNC 3 infotainment system, but not Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but now thanks to a special SYNC 3 update, drivers of 2016 Ford models will be able to download the software directly to their car.
What’s the catch? There is none, besides the fact that your vehicle has to be connected to a Wi-Fi signal in order to download the update. If your vehicle can’t download the software for some reason, you can head to your local Ford dealer, get the update on a USB drive, and plug it into your infotainment system. This marks a big step forward as Ford explores deeper into the realm of in-vehicle technology.
The SYNC 3 update follows news that Ford recently hired over 300 software engineers from Blackberry. Between the ability to download major upgrades over a Wi-Fi connection and new and innovative services like FordPass, Ford is staying ahead of the competition when it comes to high-tech features in their vehicles. Have a 2016 Ford model in need of an upgrade? Come to Tropical Ford and we can help you upgrade your SYNC 3 system today.