by Ford in the News on November 20, 2013
The first is an enhancement to the active park-assist feature found on Blue Oval products like the current Ford Edge, designed to make things even easier for owners. That’s because the new system not only offers fully autonomous parking capabilities, it can also “un-park” the vehicle, and do so before the driver even gets behind the wheel. As a result, owners who find themselves in a tight (parking) spot don’t have to struggle to get into the vehicle; they can just wait for the Ford Edge Concept to pull out of the space by itself.
Also being shown on the Ford Edge concept is adaptive steering, which takes the company’s electric power-assisted steering system to the next level with dramatically easier low-speed steering and improved feel at all speeds. But those two technologies are just the tip of the ol’ iceberg for Ford.
“The rate of change in vehicle technology right now is unprecedented,” noted Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development. “Our engineers around the world are advancing the systems that will ultimately help make drivers smarter, safer and more efficient. From advanced engine systems to collision avoidance and automated driving systems, Ford will continue to lead in delivering the technologies consumers want and need.”
Further, if the new Ford Edge Concept is any indication, those technologies will be wrapped in striking designs created with significant attention to detail.
“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “The next-generation Edge—previewed in the Ford Edge Concept—will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”
Written by Charles Krome.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.