BlueCruise is an all-new technology developed by Ford to ensure safe hands-free driving on the highway. When you’re in a BlueCruise Hands-Free Zone, which covers more than 100,000 miles of highways across North America, you’ll be able to engage the system and take your hands off the wheel.
This incredible technology isn’t even something of the near future — it’s now. The feature is being offered on the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 and the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E. If you own one of these vehicles equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ Active 2.0 Prep Package, you’ll be able to download BlueCruise software via Ford Power-Up over-the-air updates.
To help ensure that BlueCruise hands-free technology is up for the task, Ford sent 10 test vehicles out last year to cover 110,000 miles of testing across 37 states and five Canadian provinces. Putting the system to the test in all different weather, traffic, and road conditions, the test vehicles demonstrated that BlueCruise is ready to turn the self-driving car from myth into truth.
And if you’re one of the thousands upon thousands who’s preordered the incredible new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck, worry not — it’s getting BlueCruise technology, too. You can expect this feature to roll out even more across the Ford lineup in the years ahead, meaning your favorite Ford vehicle could put the power of self-driving technology in your hands (or, more appropriately, let you take your hands off the steering wheel).
If you’re curious about BlueCruise hands-free tech, Tropical Ford can help. We’ve got the 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E in stock, and we can tell you everything you’ll need to know to enjoy hands-free driving in Orlando, Florida.
Ford engineers understand that even experienced drivers may tense up when faced with a crowded parking lot or tight space on the street when behind the wheel of the new Ford Transit van. So, they are eliminating some of the stress with an available technology tool. Active Park Assist can help drivers of every skill level park the Ford Transit van like a pro.
“Frequent stops in busy city streets are the norm
for many van drivers during the working day, and that can be a challenge in
such a large vehicle where visibility can be limited,” said Ford Transit
Chief Program Engineer Ian Porter. “Ford technologies like Active Park Assist
help drivers and operators put their energy into their best work, and spend
less time stressing about parking.”
The innovative technology is available on the
Transit and Transit Custom models. Active Park Assist employs 12 ultrasonic
sensors to survey objects near the van. Under proper conditions, the
information pulled from the sensors helps the system determine the van’s precise
positioning. Once that is calculated, the Park-Out assist feature can take over
parking duties. Your only roles are hitting the gas and brake pedal when
necessary, and voila! The van easily maneuvers into its parking spot.
Contact Tropical Ford to learn more about the game-changing Active Park Assist tech and the new Ford Transit van.
There are some great advantages to living in the greater Orlando area. Unfortunately, your commute time likely isn’t one of them. If you are looking for ways to optimize your commute, your Ford can help you out.
New Ford models are equipped with advanced SYNC®
systems. This technology makes it easy to connect your smartphone through
Bluetooth® and make hands-free calls and access music features using
only your voice. If you have any audiobooks, your commute would be a great time
to stream them through SYNC®.
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
Most Ford vehicles come with both Apple CarPlay®
and Android Auto™ compatibility. With these systems, you can use many of your
favorite smartphone apps directly on the SYNC® touchscreen. This
includes apps for navigation, music, and contacts.
Ford + Alexa
Many new Ford models are available with Ford + Alexa. This
technology lets you use your favorite Amazon voice assistant in your car. It
gives you access to over 30,000 Alexa Skills, Amazon Prime shopping, and even
control over your smart home devices, like lights and security systems.
Ford & Waze
If you frequently run into traffic jams or accidents,
consider using the crowd-sourced navigation app, Waze. This app is available
through SYNC® 3 AppLink® and can give you time-saving detour
information to help save you time.
At Tropical Ford, our vehicles have all the technology you need to get the most out of your commute.
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.
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.
The 2018 Ford Escape is a stylish and spacious crossover designed for drivers who love technology. Designed to please the modern driver, the Escape boasts a number of innovative features that set it apart from the competition. Here’s a quick look at the technology found in the Ford Escape from us here at Tropical Ford.
The 2018 Escape is available with the latest SYNC® 3 infotainment system. This version features advanced, real-world voice-recognition software, a responsive touchscreen, and Wi-Fi® hotspot connectivity. Drivers can easily enter a destination and integrate their compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.
FordPass™ is the latest technology from Ford. The mobile app is designed to allow drivers to move quickly and efficiently during their day-to-day activities. Through the app, drivers can find parking, compare fuel prices, and remotely lock, unlock, and start the vehicle. Ford Escape owners can even schedule service with a few taps on the screen.
Ford Safe and Smart™
The Ford Safe and Smart™ package features a number of innovative safety technologies. The package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, a Lane-Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Drivers will enjoy more advanced technologies in the form of the Blind Spot Information System® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.
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.
The Ford Mustang has caught fire in the Chinese automotive market to become the bestselling sports car. In an effort to keep up with the success, Ford has introduced a new version of the already-advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system. Designed for the specifically for the Chinese market, the new Ford Mustang can read Chinese handwriting.
Just when you thought Ford couldn’t outdo themselves, they did.
The Ford Mustang now boasts the technology and software to read Chinese handwriting. The latest infotainment system update is a major improvement over the old version of SYNC 3. Before the update, Chinese drivers would have to spell out each word individually then pick from a list of possible meanings. As you can imagine, that made doing routine activities, like entering an address, time consuming.
The new SYNC 3 update uses swipe technology and handwriting recognition to allow drivers to write their commands on a touchscreen. The system can read more than 2,500 characters, making the Mustang even more appealing than ever before.
Now, SYNC 3 understands both what Chinese drivers are saying and what they actually mean, making voice commands, a major selling point of the system, more viable.
We here at Tropical Ford are pumped to see the new Mustang leading the charge in innovation!