The new Ford Focus is laden with technology. The Driver Assistance Pack, a £750 option in the UK, uses a forward-facing infra-red camera mounted in front of the rearview mirror to relay all the information from the road ahead. This includes traffic signs (which are then relayed onto the trip computer in front of you) to white lines, which when combied with Lane Keeping Assist, prevents you from accidentally drifting into another lane. This video was filmed live on my iPhone at the European launch of the new 2011 Ford Focus.
Read the full review on my blog: http://www.jonquirk.com/bloggox/2011/01/ok-new-ford-focus-show-me-what-youve-got/
The new Ford Focus review
There isn't many cars that can set new benchmarks, is the new Ford Focus one of them?
Watch this and find out
Ford Focus ST review - Top Gear - BBC
The future's bright, the future's very orange as Jeremy Clarkson puts the Ford Focus ST through its paces out on a rather wet Top Gear track.
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2013 Ford Fusion Lane Keeping System Animation
New Ford Fusion Brings More Technology, Expected Triple Crown of Best-in-Class Gas, Hybrid, Plug-In Efficiency
•New Ford Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, each with expected top fuel economy, underscoring Ford's commitment to give customers the power of choice
•With seven must-have technologies, including a Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and MyFord Touch®, the all-new Ford Fusion shows how Ford is delivering features customers truly want and value
•Customers can choose from Fusion's widest-ever portfolio of fuel-efficient powertrains including EcoBoost™, hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines; automatic and manual transmission offerings; and auto start stop technology
•Revealed in North America as the midsize Fusion sedan, this all-new car signals the next-generation Ford Mondeo for world markets
DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2012 -- Ford's all-new Fusion brings alive the next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford and is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions -- each expected to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience.
Featuring a sleek silhouette and fresh face, the all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford -- following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus small cars -- developed to satisfy customers everywhere who want leading fuel efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks.
"Our vision for Fusion was clear -- deliver the very best of what One Ford stands for," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. "We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with groundbreaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy -- one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result."
Fusion is revealed in North America in S, SE and range-topping Titanium series and points to the next Ford Mondeo for world markets.
Triple-crown fuel efficiency
The new Fusion is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy across customers' choice of gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid sub-segments, following through with the commitment by Ford to be the fuel-efficiency leader -- or among the leaders -- with each new model brought to market.
Fusion brings the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. It offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost™ four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions.
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is expected to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine -- paired with a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, available 19-inch wheels and tires, and all-wheel drive with the ability to send additional torque to the rear -- is the Fusion performance option.
The Fusion Hybrid -- 2010 North American Car of the Year -- continues to innovate and evolve with all-new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries, while raising maximum speed under electric-only power from 47 mph to 62 mph.
Fusion Hybrid also features an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance standards. This innovative powertrain is anticipated to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.
Fusion Hybrid fuel economy stands to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.
Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.
The next-generation Fusion 1.6-liter is the first automatic-transmission Ford product offered with an automatic start stop system. It shuts off engine power smoothly when the car is stopped and seamlessly restarts as the driver releases the brake pedal, helping Fusion to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by approximately 3.5 percent.
Ford Focus 2011 review | MotorTorque.com
Can the new Ford Focus match strong entries from Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Renault in the small family car sector - or has Ford surrendered its long-held 'best hatch' crown?
Ford Focus 2011
TrustedReviews has a look at the new technology in the 2011 Ford Focus including DAB radio, Bluetooth, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping aid and much more.
Ford Lane Keeping System Animation
Ford will introduce in early 2012 an innovative Lane Keeping System with three unique features designed to help drivers stay in control behind the wheel, including a Driver Alert System that can notify drivers if it detects signs of drowsiness. In this case, a coffee cup light will appear on the dashboard instrument cluster to suggest the driver take a break.
Lexus LS460 LKA and Cruise
The Lexus LS460 has a fantastic Lane Keep Assist (LKA) function which uses a stereo camera embedded in the front of the rear view mirror. When using the cruise control, the LKA will steer the car gently to keep it in lane - proper keeping in lane, not bouncing from one edge to the other. This reduces driver fatigue on long motorway journeys, especially at night - it works equally well day or night. The system works handsfree for only a few seconds, so in this demo, I very lightly hold the steering wheel to fool the safety systems.
The cruise control is adaptive - radar sensors in the grille detect vehicles ahead and adjust the speed by braking or accelerating up to the set speed to maintain the minimum gap. On cars prior to September 2007 (mine was a March 2007 car), the system cuts out below 24mph. I understand that on later cars, the software is updated to allow braking to a standstill and resuming the set speed. I asked my Lexus dealer about updating the software on my car, but he didn't think it was possible.
Ford Lane Keeping System Video
Ford is introducing new lane keeping technologies, including a system that can help detect drowsy drivers, to help them stay alert and in their lane; system to launch in early 2012 on the Ford Explorer.
Kia Optima 2012 EU / Lane Keeping Assist Test
IRL test of the Lane Assist feature on the motorway.
When the car hit the outer right or left road line, a warning sound can be heard, and the steering wheel is automatically moved a bit to correct the direction of the car.
Ford Focus LV MII LX Review
The new Ford Focus LVMII LX is now at City Ford. Anna takes it for a quick test drive to review the car and check out the new improvements on the latest Focus to hit the streets from City Ford Sydney. The new Ford Focus is safer and has more extras than ever and is looking like a winner with buyers in Sydney.
New Lexus GS Technical Facts - Lane Keeping Assist
Harnessing innovative camera and multiple-sensor technologies, Lane Keeping Assist keeps your car in the correct lane for a reassuringly safe journey.
Find-out more about the new Lexus GS at http://www.lexus-global.com/