Ford Fusion Energi Forum

It is currently Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:47 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Technolog
PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:49 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:02 am
Posts: 62
Technology has become as much a part of auto-making as steel, glass, plastic and rubber. Electronics are now not only for infotainment systems, but engine management and safety features as well. Ford recently gave its predictions for the next wave of automotive technology.
“Ford was founded on the innovative spirit of Henry Ford, and the opportunity today to reinvent the driving experience excites us just as it probably would have him,” said Paul Mascarenas, vice president and chief technical officer of Ford. “Technology is enabling Ford to bring a new level of awareness and intelligence that will dramatically enhance our customers’ time behind the wheel.”

State-of-the-art technology such as sensing, computing and communications systems are not only quickly changing consumer expectations in people’s everyday lives, but are driving innovation in the automotive industry at an incredible pace in preparation for the future.

As CTO, Mascarenas has been leading the team researching and developing new technologies for Ford vehicles, particularly in the area of driver assistance and mobile device connectivity.

“The new Fusion sedan demonstrates how we’re making the car smarter using attainable and affordable technology and thus helping create a better driver,” continues Mascarenas. “Fusion features an unprecedented level of sensors for its driver assist technologies, machine learning techniques to deliver more electric-only driving on the hybrids, and innovative graphical interfaces to help coach drivers to be as fuel efficient as possible.”

With more than 145 actuators, 4716 signals, and 74 sensors including radar, sonar, cameras, accelerometers, temperature and even rain sensors, the 2013 Fusion can monitor the perimeter around the car and see into places that are not readily visible from the driver’s seat. These sensors produce more than 25 gigabytes of data per hour which is analyzed by more than 70 on-board computers. The actuators combined with signal information from the driver assist sensors can alert the driver to potential dangers, and actively assist with parking and lane keeping.

“So far we’ve just scratched the surface of what is possible,” said Mascarenas. “In the Fusion, we have sensors and actuators that act independently as part of the assist features. The next phase, currently in research, involves sensor fusion, where engineers learn how to more comprehensively characterize the environment by blending multiple signals, and add externally available information through cloud connectivity.”

According to Mascarenas’ predictions, top areas for car technology innovation in the coming years will include:

· “Big data” analysis and intelligent decision making: Ford is researching the use of real-time sensor data – radar and camera-based – that can help evaluate external factors affecting driver attention, such as traffic congestion, and thus limit potential distractions such as an incoming phone call.

· Upgradeable, customizable hardware: Ford’s OpenXC research platform looks at the potential for open-source, community-driven innovation of plug-and-play hardware modules that provide infinite opportunities for rapid customization.

· Seamless integration across cloud ecosystems: The success of Ford SYNC® has been linked to its open, agnostic platform strategy that has allowed for adoption and compatibility with the burgeoning mobile ecosystem; the next step is to do the same for the consumer shift toward cloud-based services.

· Advanced machine learning: The new Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids utilize EV+, a feature that learns the typical locations of charging, such as home and office, and then automatically maximizes electric-only driving mode when nearing those locations.

· Biometrics: Ford is researching biometric sensors, such as those embedded in a car seat, to measure stress levels for a more personalized response from driver assist technologies, because skill levels – and thus stress – can vary in certain situations.

· Prediction: Ford researchers are looking at ways to predict driver behavior, such as a driver’s destination based on prior history, to help optimize and configure vehicle controls for improved performance such as better energy management.

· Rapid data authentication: Ford sees significant potential in vehicle-to-vehicle communications and is actively researching the technology globally, including advanced Wi-Fi with rapid authentication capability so that cars can exchange information quickly and securely, helping drivers avoid potential collisions

“All of these areas of research are well within our reach,” concludes Mascarenas. “The key to readiness and implementation in Ford vehicles is ensuring the customer experience of these technology features trumps the technology itself.”


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:13 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:55 pm
Posts: 10
Pretty nice article. Thanks for sharing!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:57 am
Posts: 57
Kudos to Ford for at least trying but it seems that Googles driverless car will make all this technology obsolete...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:52 pm
Posts: 15
I disagree, Daniel. Google has a habit of working on a lot of projects without seeing them fulfilled on a large skill for a long period of time. They've got cool toys, but can certainly do more.

Driverless cars, and the likes of the iRobot-type technology, is still long way off yet.

In the meantime, I'm happy that cars like the Ford Fusion Energi have started to surface, and can eventually bring to fruitation that the type of advanced technology.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:08 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:55 pm
Posts: 10
StanTheMan wrote:
I disagree, Daniel. Google has a habit of working on a lot of projects without seeing them fulfilled on a large skill for a long period of time. They've got cool toys, but can certainly do more.

Driverless cars, and the likes of the iRobot-type technology, is still long way off yet.

In the meantime, I'm happy that cars like the Ford Fusion Energi have started to surface, and can eventually bring to fruitation that the type of advanced technology.


I agree, to a point. Cars like the Ford Fusion Energi are a great start. The technology can, and must, keep evolving to make it a fully viable competition to your traditional fuel injected sedan. A revolution is coming, of the good kind.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:52 pm
Posts: 15
"These sensors produce more than 25 gigabytes of data per hour which is analyzed by more than 70 on-board computers. The actuators combined with signal information from the driver assist sensors can alert the driver to potential dangers, and actively assist with parking and lane keeping."

I loved this sentence. 25 GB of data PER HOUR! That kind of technology is just staggering. You know, 100 years ago we were still using steam and cars could be chased down by a moderately fast human on foot! Look at us now!

The Ford Fusion Energi, and really cars in general, are so much smarter these days! It's an exciting time we live in!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:40 pm
Posts: 56
StanTheMan wrote:
I disagree, Daniel. Google has a habit of working on a lot of projects without seeing them fulfilled on a large skill for a long period of time. They've got cool toys, but can certainly do more.

Driverless cars, and the likes of the iRobot-type technology, is still long way off yet.

In the meantime, I'm happy that cars like the Ford Fusion Energi have started to surface, and can eventually bring to fruitation that the type of advanced technology.


Maybe for software but hardware is a little bit different. And Google already has a working prototype that has passed the driving exam in SF, so I wouldn't say that it is far of.

For instance I'm pretty sure that we will see the first implementation of the Google technology when the Tesla Model X launches(Elon Musk is a very good friend with both Brin and Page)

I'm well aware that it's not going to be a full fledged driverless car but it will definitely be a huge assistance in drivin and especially in parking.I just can't wait for the day when I'm on the highway and can press the autopilot.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:25 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:57 am
Posts: 57
I see where you are coming from Stan but I think that you are forgetting one key thing which is that this is not an engineering problem it's a big data and AI problem and there is no way in hell that any car maker is going to compete in that field with Google. Especially when you see the roster of scientist that google has at disposal.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ford Gives Predictions for Next Wave of Automotive Techn
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:05 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:40 pm
Posts: 56
Daniel wrote:
I see where you are coming from Stan but I think that you are forgetting one key thing which is that this is not an engineering problem it's a big data and AI problem and there is no way in hell that any car maker is going to compete in that field with Google. Especially when you see the roster of scientist that google has at disposal.


And this definitely doesn't take anything away from the car makers that only means they will have an easier job making those cars because google is going to do all the hard work while the car makers only need to do what they do best engineer and manufacture the cars themselves.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
cron
© Ford Fusion Energi Forum - part of the MyElectricCarForums.com Group