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Ford Applying New Technologies To More Vehicles

Posted in auto industry, Car Accessories, Car Tech, Ford, General by Geoff | April 16th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

Ford Escape To Receive New Options
Ford Escape To Receive New Options

Further solidifying its status as the only American car maker capable of adapting to a changing industry, good ‘ole, self-sufficient Ford is introducing several new high-end technologies that should slowly trickle down into the real meat of their car offerings soon.  These include improved adaptations of previous innovations from other automakers, and include both an automated parking system and parental controls on cars driven by teens.

Active Park

Ford's Active Park System
Ford's Active Park System

Most people can relate to waiting on a street behind someone seemingly completely inept at parallel parking.  Ford’s Active Park is similar to the Lexus system introduced previously.  Purportedly Ford has made it easier and more effective.  The system is activated by the driver and goes into “spot search” mode to find an appropriately large parking spot.  It then directs the driver to put the car into specific area where it engages the steering.  Braking and acceleration is still controlled by the driver.  Initial praise of the system has to do with the “spot search” which is effective in identifying openings while the car is traveling at speeds of up to 20 mph.  Hopefully this will help those that inch forward down one way streets irritating fellow drivers.
  

Active Park Display Screen
Active Park Display Screen

Active Park will be introduced first on the Lincoln MKS and MKT, and then be applied to the Ford Escape and Mariner.

MyKey

Ford is also updating its “MyKey” technology, which is a set of criteria that can be programmed into an individual key to limit things like top driving speed, issues auditory warnings based on driving characteristics, keep stereo volume below set limits and lock in other features like traction control that could otherwise be turned off.  An “administration” key allows parents to set these predetermined parameters into the car.  In one example, the radio turned off after the seatbelts were not engaged, presumably to encourage/remind the driver to buckle up. 

Ford MyKey Display
Ford MyKey Display

MyKey will be available on most Ford cars later this year.

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