Ford expects in-car sensors to be the next big thing in vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2013

Ford gives a preview of what it could offer in the field of in-car sensors in the 2013 Ford Fusion. Ford presented its biometric sensors, which gauges the driver’s stress level and gives drivers the option to personalize the assist technologies. Ford installed 74 sensors on the 2013 Fusion that could monitor the perimeter around the car and look into places that are not visible from the driver's seat.

In a statement, Paul Mascarenas, Ford's chief technical officer, said that the Fusion comes with an “unprecedented level of sensors for its driver-assist technologies.” Ford said that it is looking into the usage of both radar and camera-based real-time sensor data that can aid in the assessment of external factors that affect driver’s attention like traffic congestion.

With these real-time sensor data, possible distractions like an incoming phone call can be controlled. Ford also said that its researchers are finding ways to predict driver behaviour in order to aid in the optimization and configuration of vehicle controls for enhanced performance. An example is improved energy management.

In addition, Ford is conducting experiments on "advanced machine learning." This technology was previewed in EV+, a feature used in the 2013 Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. It takes note of the charging locations and then when the car is near those places, it instantly maximizes electric-only driving mode.

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