Ford’s S-MAX concept showcases next-gen driver assistance and car-to-car communications
6 September 2013
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally revealed Ford’s all-new S-MAX Concept vehicle during a keynote at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin. The S-MAX Concept showcases Ford’s vision for a future generation sport activity vehicle featuring new advanced driver assistance systems incorporating car-to-car communication.
The S-MAX concept shows the next generation of our advanced safety features. With the introduction of the Focus, Ford started building a reputation by putting advanced active safety systems in the vehicle. The S-MAX concept really shows the next generation of those systems that work at higher speeds, higher speeds, detect pedestrians, and have active intervention in case of collision risk.—Pim van der Jagt Managing Director Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford of Europe
|S-MAX concept. Click to enlarge.|
Future technologies include:
Car-to-car communication capability that enables the S‑MAX Concept to talk to similarly equipped vehicles, delivering warnings in the event of oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the motorway, or if a vehicle has stopped in a potentially dangerous situation such as a blind bend in the road.
Ford’s ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Seat and Glucose Level Monitoring, leveraging existing Ford SYNC connectivity to deliver health and wellbeing advantages for those inside the car.
An advanced version of Ford’s Active Park Assist featuring perpendicular parking capability, park out assist and Cross Traffic Alert.
Ford Intelligent Protection System with Pre-Collision Assist, which identifies pedestrians and automatically applies the brakes if a collision is imminent.
Today’s technologies in the S-MAX include:
A high-efficiency powertrain featuring Ford’s all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine.
Ford SYNC and SYNC with MyFord Touch, delivering the advanced connectivity and voice-control features.
SYNC AppLink, which enables voice activation of smartphone apps as part of the SYNC connectivity system.
Ford this week announced at IFA a new series of apps for SYNC with AppLink that features in the all-new S-MAX Concept and which the forthcoming all-new EcoSport SUV will be among the first vehicles in Europe to offer. The system will offer apps from TomTom, Hotels.com, Audioteka, DIE WELT, ADAC, Eventseeker and Cityseeker by Wcities as well as Autoread and AskWiki apps from Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories; in addition to previously announced apps from Spotify, Kaliki, Glympse and Aha.
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