Ford has created a suit of clothing that mimics the effects of driving while under the influence of drugs. The suit, dubbed the Drugged Driving Suit, is part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program for young drivers. The goal is to use the suit, along with its Drunk Driving Suit sibling, to educate kids in a hands-on way about the effects of driving under the influence, even when they might "feel fine."
Ford has announced a new Sync Connect service, which allows users to remotely control and monitor certain features of their car. Tesla already has a similar app, but Sync Connect brings the functionality to a broader marker. Users can remotely locate, unlock, lock and start their car.
Ford is following the lead of other carmakers, like Toyota and GM, and introducing noise cancelling technology into its cars. The Active Noise Control system monitors noise and uses sound waves to block it out. It is inspired by noise cancelling headphones that minimize background noise.
With the huge range of hot-hatches on the market, you could be forgiven for not taking much notice of Ford's upcoming Focus RS. After all, on the surface it looks like just another four-cylinder, four-wheel drive turbo tearaway lining up to tackle the Audi RS3 or A45 AMG. But taking a closer look reveals that the RS has the potential to be something seriously special, thanks to the tech crammed into the car's hot-rod bodywork.
In 2013, Ford revealed a robotic test driving technology designed to spare human drivers the ordeal of on- and off-road vehicle durability testing. This autonomous system wasn't intended for inclusion in production vehicles, but for closed proving grounds where manufacturers subject their vehicles to high stress to simulate years of tough use in the real world. Ford has partnered with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) to continue development of the technology, which it is now licensing to other automakers.
We're all familiar with cars telling us how to get somewhere, but what about telling us how to do so efficiently? That's the idea behind the Drive Efficient app, which triumphed in Ford's SYNC AppLink Developer Challenge Dublin. The software provides visual and audio advice to drivers for frugal fuel use.
A new app from Ford allows users to safely stay connected to their social media accounts when driving. Meople.Connector lets drivers listen to, answer and skip updates by voice command. It runs on Ford's SYNC AppLink, allowing users to access and control apps on their smartphone.
There are some incredible technological strides being made to improve road safety, but the key to avoiding accidents remains the same: seeing what's ahead. Unfortunately, avoiding potentially dangerous situations before they pose a threat can be difficult on well sighted roads during the day, let alone at unlit junctions after the sun sets. To try and give drivers a better chance of avoiding hazards, Ford is developing headlight technology that widens the beam at junctions and detects pedestrians and animals.
Ford is pulling out all the stops in its quest to create the ultimate lightweight trackday sports car. The new Shelby Mustang GT350R will feature carbon fiber wheels by Australia's Carbon Revolution, which uses space shuttle technology to make them strong, light and durable.
Earlier this year, Ford previewed its Mode:Me and Mode:Pro electric bike concepts. The bikes were envisioned as key components of a multimodal transportation ecosystem that would also incorporate cars and public transit. Recently, it added the Mode:Flex e-bike prototype, which uses the latest wireless and connectivity technologies to integrate further into a coordinated transportation system.