Ford Offers Smarter, Safer Driving Options for 2019

Ford Offers Smarter, Safer Driving Options for 2019


By Police Fleet Manager Staff


FordPass SmartLink™

Millions of Ford customers can soon upgrade the connectivity in their older-model Ford vehicles to include a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, smartphone control of existing key FOB features, vehicle health and security alerts, and vehicle location tracking.

Using a device that plugs into the OBD II port below the steering wheel, the new FordPass SmartLink experience gives owners of 2010–17 model-year Ford vehicles those connectivity features normally available only on newer vehicles equipped with modems.

“Vehicle connectivity has improved at a rapid rate in recent years,” said Frederiek Toney, President, Global, Ford Customer Service Division. “We believe offering an affordable way for our customers to upgrade their older-model vehicles to include more modern technology will improve their ownership experience for years to come.”

FordPass SmartLink is available exclusively through Ford dealerships nationwide starting in mid-2018 and is the latest example of Ford’s aggressive connected vehicle plan. By 2019, 100 percent of Ford’s new U.S. vehicles will be built with connectivity. With more than two years of research and development invested, FordPass SmartLink engineers, in collaboration with Aptiv and Verizon Connect, have worked to make the technology function seamlessly on 2010–2017 Ford vehicles.

“From security to performance, we’ve conducted extensive testing and made a number of improvements to ensure FordPass SmartLink enhances the customer experience for our Ford vehicle owners,” said Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company.

FordPass SmartLink customers pay $16.99 a month, plus installation, for 24 months to purchase the device and receive telematics services that enable remote key FOB, location and vehicle health features. Also included is a complimentary trial of a Verizon 4G LTE WiFi hotspot with 1 gigabyte or 30 days of data—whichever comes first.

To continue use of the WiFi hotspot beyond the initial trial period, customers can add their FordPass SmartLink device to their existing Verizon account or establish a new one.

“Having reliable WiFi on the go is no longer just ‘nice to have’—it’s become a ‘must-have,’ and Ford recognizes that,” said Susan Heystee, Senior Vice President, Worldwide OEM Business at Verizon Connect. “Streaming music and podcasts in the front seat or keeping kids entertained on their mobile devices in the back is now as easy as turning on FordPass SmartLink’s Verizon 4G LTE hotspot.”


Ford Fusion

A simplified Ford Fusion lineup now includes even more technology and style for 2019:

Fusion S: Upgraded entry model now includes standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect, which combines automatic emergency braking with pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers.

Fusion SE, Fusion Hybrid SE: Adding to the equipment on Fusion S, gasoline-powered Fusion SE comes standard with 1.5-liter EcoBoost®, SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD touchscreen, SYNC Connect with WiFi hotspot, and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. Fusion Hybrid SE adds a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid engine with continuously variable transmission for smooth operation.

Fusion SEL, Fusion Hybrid SEL: Return of Fusion SEL replaces SE Luxury Package. It includes 10-way power driver’s seat with two memory settings, ActiveX seating surfaces, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, intelligent access with remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlamps, and warm interior accents. Hybrid model adds voice-activated touchscreen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

Fusion Titanium, Fusion Hybrid Titanium: Fusion Titanium includes standard heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, rear inflatable seat belts, 19-inch wheels, navigation system, moon roof, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.

Fusion Energi Titanium: In addition to a nearly 20 percent projected increase in electric-only driving range, Fusion Energi now includes rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, voice-activated navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

Fusion V6 Sport: With standard all-wheel drive and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, the 325-horsepower Fusion V6 Sport remains the most powerful car in its class.


Ford Co-Pilot360 Driver-Assist Technology

Ford’s 2019 Fusion sedan is the first Ford vehicle globally with standard new state-of-the-art Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology, plus it has a sleeker style for all models, and greater projected all-electric driving range for the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi.

The new Fusion makes its public debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it will be in showrooms by late summer—complete with new technology to make driving safer and easier.

“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford Car Group Marketing Manager. “For our green-minded customers, we’ve amped up our Fusion Energi with a projected increase of nearly 20 percent electric-only driving range.”

From the entry-level Fusion S to Fusion Energi Titanium, every 2019 Fusion features the Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect driver-assist technologies as standard equipment, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting.

Automatic emergency braking helps reduce the severity of or potentially avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians.

Standard blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert for every Fusion uses radar to detect surrounding vehicles, providing alerts if vehicles are detected approaching unseen from either side. To help avoid lane drift, standard lane keeping system vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering wheel torque to help keep the car centered in the lane.

Beyond standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect is a more advanced bundle of optional driver-assist technologies that makes driving even easier. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, which automatically accelerates and brakes to a full stop when traffic halts, while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist includes voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. SYNC® 3 with 8-inch LCD touchscreen is now standard for Fusion SE and above models, while voice-activated touchscreen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is standard for Fusion Hybrid SEL, Fusion Titanium, and Fusion V6 Sport.

Fusion SE and above models now include a standard embedded 4G LTE modem providing WiFi for up to 10 devices. Furthermore, SYNC 3 with the Ford+Alexa app offers access to Alexa services, like adding items to a shopping list or playing music. New Waze compatibility will help drivers avoid troublesome traffic spots. Commands and functionality for Ford+Alexa and Waze may vary depending on smartphone and required software.


Fusion Energi

The new Fusion Energi is projected to offer an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20 percent greater than that of the current model. Ford engineers designed a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery, offering greater energy capacity with no change to the physical size of the battery pack.

Based on data generated by more than 23,000 MyFord® Mobile plug-in hybrid customers over several years, Ford estimates the 2019 Fusion Energi will potentially allow up to 80 percent of plug-in customers to drive their typical daily commute on electricity alone, with the support of both home and workplace charging, assuming the vehicle is fully charged daily at home and at work.

Even without workplace charging, Ford estimates approximately 48 percent of plug-in hybrid customers could potentially get to and from their jobs on electric power alone. This estimate is based on MyFordMobile data collected from more than 19 million unique trips from 23,000 Ford battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.


Ford Fusion Auto Assist

Published in Police Fleet Manager, May/Jun 2018

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