Ford Fusion Energi Driver Assisting Technology
The all-new Ford Fusion and Fusion Energi is packed full of top-of-the-line technology. Recently highlighted at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, the Fusion Energi won the connected car of the year award because of all of it’s driver assisting features. Although some are skeptical of allowing computers to control so much of a vehicles movement, there can be many safety advantages to it especially when a driver becomes tired or distracted.
Here is a brief explanation of the technology:
SYNC with MyFord Touch
MyFord Touch provides an easy to use interface that allows access to your vehicle’s systems while your hands stay on the wheel and your eyes stay on the road. Access your music, your phone contact, adjust the temperature, get directions and more. There are 2 configurable screens in the instrument panel and an 8 inch LCD touch screen in the center stack.
SmartGauge with EcoGuide Cluster helping maximize the Fusion Energi’s efficiency
The Fusion Energi’s instrument cluster has 2 liquid crystal digital screens that display an innovative EcoGuide gauge cluster. The EcoGuide system provides real time information on the efficiency of the Fusion Energi by growing leaves and as you become more efficient, vines and more leaves are displayed. With a built in tutorial, the screens can display the level of information you want – Inform, Enlighten, Engage, or Empower. The steering wheel mounted controls allow you to make changes without taking your hands off the wheel.
BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
The Blind Spot Information System is an option that uses radar in the rear quarter panels to tell if there is a vehicle in your blind spot. If there is, an indicator light on the appropriate sideview mirror is displayed.
The Cross-traffic alert uses the same radar to sense traffic behind you when you back out of a parking spot. If the sensors detect a vehicle approaching, an audible warning and visual warning on the mirrors and a signal on the message center are displayed.
Fusion Energi Rear View Camera
When the gear selector is in reverse, the rear view camera will turn on and display an image of what is behind you on the 8 inch screen in the center stack.
Lane Keeping System
A camera mounted behind the windshield watches the road and keeps track of lane markings to determine if the Fusion Energi is leaving a lane. If it is, the lane keeping alert warns you by vibrating the steering wheel to mimic a rumble strip. The Lane-keeping aid actually applies steering torque which alerts you to direct your vehicle back into the lane. This feature apparently only activates if the Fusion Energi detects an unintentional lane change – how it knows the lane change is unintentional is not known.
Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control functions just like normal cruise control – until traffic in front of you slows. Then the adaptive cruise control slows your vehicle down based on your preset distance. When the sensors detect traffic has cleared, the Fusion Energi resumes the set speed.
Forward Collision Warning system alerts you if it senses a potential collision with the car in front of you. Through a heads up display that simulates brake lights, flashes on the windshield in front of you. And if you don’t react in time, the Fusion Energi will pre-charge the brakes and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you do brake.
Active Park Assist
If you drive slowly near parking spots, activate the park assist and the system will look for an available parking spot. Using ultrasonic sensors, the Fusion Energi measures the distance to the curb and the distance between parked cars. When a post large enough is found, the system signals you to stop to accept the assistance in parking. When parking, all you do is control the shifting, accelerating and braking. The Fusion Energi automatically steers the vehicle into the spot inbetween cars.