Lincoln Aviator Uses Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music As Warning Tones
Some cars’ warning tones for leaving a door ajar, the headlights on, or low fuel can be downright annoying and sometimes startling. I know the low fuel warning in my mid-2000’s Ford gives me chills when I’m not expecting to hear it, and it’s a problem shared with newer Fords whose chimes can be quite annoying. But for its premium Lincoln brand, the Blue Oval has chosen to record actual musicians playing actual instruments and the result is a much better and more soothing one.
Who Needs a Car Key? Not Lincoln Aviator Owners Thanks to "Phone as Key"
The hype train carrying the Lincoln Aviator is real, folks. The luxury automaker’s first plug-in hybrid SUV has officially reached its destination at the New York Auto Show, and as expected, it’s packing a serious amount of technology we normally don’t see on any of Ford’s other brands. Off the bat, we found out that the Aviator will carry technological bells-and-whistles like pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and Ford’s new driver-assist system. But the feature that really has us intrigued is the automaker’s “Phone as Key” technology.
We have already been over Cadillac’s “automated” driving system, which is basically just an adaptive cruise control system that takes over the steering too. Basically, it is not a true automated driving system, but it is semi-autonomous. Well, we all knew that Ford wouldn’t just sit back and watch GM take over this realm, as it has just announced that its engineers are working on a slightly similar, but far more restrictive, system.
The system that Ford is working on is called Traffic Jam Assist, and it does exactly what its name tells you. When you’re get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can enable this system and it will move the car with traffic and keep it within the lines. This frees up your hands to do far more important things than look at the road, like text message, enjoy a coffee and doughnut, or reprogram your stereo system.
One the traffic clears up, the system asks you to take over and you’re then forced to attempt to complete the uncompleted tasks that you started in traffic while driving… What a bummer.
Ford has even released a video displaying the system, and we have to say that on 99 percent of the roads in the U.S. with heavy congestion, we doubt this system will do little more than increase your stress. From what we can see, this system waits for the car in front to get a good car length or two ahead of you before moving your car forward. That just may induce a few “friendly” honks and one finger salutes from the less patient drivers behind you.
So, unless Ford can develop a way to have the system respond more quickly, we can see this being a really cool feature until you catch the first severe traffic jam. Fortunately, this system is nowhere near ready for release, so Ford has lots of time to perfect it.
We’ll let you know if any new features of this system pop up.
As the internet rolls into our cars Ford has decided that safety should follow. Ford announced that it is now offering protection against hackers and viruses with its onslaught of security features which will come standard with any Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicle equipped with SYNC technology. SYNC made its debut in 2008 and gave drivers the capability of hands-free phone operation, media player control, emergency assistance, diagnostic and information services, and traffic reports and directions. The next generation of SYNC technology will also include an in-car WiFi system powered by the car owner’s USB mobile broadband modem. It’s no wonder that with all of these advancements in your car’s connectivity that Ford opted to roll out the safety red carpet and introduce the following safety features:SYNC Firewall SYNC Phone Pairing Protection Encrypted Jukebox "Home" Protection Engine Immobilizer Securicode keyless entry
“Customers are likely to get ‘all the good things as well as the bad things’ that come with Internet connectivity,” said Jim Buczkowski, director of Global Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering (EESE) for Ford Motor Company. “It’s important that we take those lessons learned from the Internet and bring them to the car.”
Check out the full story after the jump for more details.
FORD’S DURATEC 35 ENGINE: AS FLEXIBLE AS THE PLANT THAT MAKES IT
Ford’s new award-winning V6 engine is all about flexibility. The Duratec 35 will be used in a number of vehicles, and the plant that makes it will be a model for flexible manufacturing at Ford.
Ford’s Lima (Ohio) Engine Plant is producing 325,000 of the 3.5-liter 265 horsepower engines that are being introduced in the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and MKZ, Ford Five Hundred and the Mazda CX-9. The company projects the engine will (...)
While the new Lincoln MKR concept marks an all-new design strategy for the brand, the TwinForce engine under the hood hints at new engine technologies to future Ford North American vehicles.Based on the company’s existing Duratec 35 all-aluminum production V-6, TwinForce adds two turbochargers and direct injection to deliver increased power while maintaing excellent fuel economy.
"The concept’s engine offers the performance of a 415-horsepower gasoline-powered V-8 and the fuel economy (...)