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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The design of the Ford Fusion is meant to deliver its promise of superior visual quality with upgraded materials, improved craftsmanship and greater attention to detail.

The interior surfaces are gentler and smoother to the touch while the exterior and interior gaps are avoided. Extra care was also given to cover and upholster every surface or edge that a client touches. When the lid of the trunk is opened, for instance, a cover that is spring-loaded instantly hides the latch hardware of the trunk.

According the Fusion chief engineer Adrian Whittle, the ultimate goal of the building process was to ensure that the Ford Fusion does not only provide an exceptional visual quality but also expresses its topnotch quality feel to every customer. Maximizing the car dynamics, the main elements of the unique Fusion feel are its handling and ride components.

Program manager John Jraiche added that the Fusion is truly a driver’s car. Comparable to BMW and Audi models, Ford Fusion is known to be fun to drive especially with its electric power-assisted steering, brand-new premium multilink rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension.

Careful and sophisticated tuning by the company’s ride and handling team has resulted to a Fusion that is reputable in its dynamism. The Fusion will surely grab the attention of driving enthusiasts and enhance the driving confidence of novice drivers.

Topics: ford, technology

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