Brand new cars can be equipped with some amazing technology, including things like Wi-Fi, remote start, vehicle health monitors, and more. But if you’ve been envying this technology from afar, you won’t have to anymore thanks to Ford.
Ford engineers have created an ingenious device called SmartLink that can give certain 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars access to these and other great features.
The Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel. This device will then open up the world to vehicles not equipped with a modem.
After the update, owners should be able to enjoy Wi-Fi capable of supporting up to eight devices at once, remote connectivity to their vehicle, health and location alerts, and more. Owners will be able to connect to their vehicles through a companion app or Web Portal where they can activate features, see alerts, and even schedule service appointments.
“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.
In order to prevent as many collisions as possible, Ford engineers have been hard at work developing the Ford Pedestrian Detection system. Believe it or not, pedestrians are injured every eight minutes in a car crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new Ford system can help eliminate these accidents.
According to Ford, Pedestrian Detection works by predicting movement and activating a series of safety systems. The vehicles will use radar and camera technology in order to scan the road ahead for potential collisions and detect pedestrians. If the driver doesn’t react, the car will activate full brake force in order to bring the vehicle to a halt.
“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”
This system can work at any time of day in any weather condition, at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Ford Pedestrian Technology has been tested for over 500,000 miles on 12 separate vehicles. It operates on more than 240 terabytes of test data—which is more than 20.4 trillion books worth of information. Few companies compare to Ford when it comes to collision technology.