The 2018 Ford EcoSport is an all-new addition to Ford’s lineup. It is a compact crossover with athletic styling and abundant technology. With top-of-the-line infotainment and a variety of driver-assist safety features, the EcoSport is fit for the 21st-century driver.
The available SYNC® 3 system is Ford’s most advanced infotainment system yet. It features next-generation voice-recognition software and comes equipped with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These systems make it easy to connect a smartphone and even lets the driver use certain smartphone apps directly on the EcoSport’s touchscreen.
FordPass™ is a great way to stay informed about and connected to the EcoSport even when not driving. It is a smartphone app that allows owners to check the vehicle’s fuel level, remotely lock and unlock the doors, start up the car remotely, and even request Roadside Assistance.
The EcoSport offers a six-month All Access audio to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. This includes access to over 150 channels including music, sports, comedy, and new, all commercial-free.
Safety behind the wheel of the EcoSport improves immensely with the addition of several technology features. Available features like BLIS® with cross-traffic alert help to avoid an accident before it happens by warning the driver when another vehicle is approaching in their blind spot.
Experience the EcoSport’s technology features with a hands-on test drive at Packey Webb Ford.
One of the most exciting and promising innovations of the 21st century is the technology of 3D printing. Now Ford has become the first automaker to offer a 3D printing store, offering 3D print files of your favorite Ford models!
3D printing is something that Ford is already very familiar with. It’s an integral part of the design process, allowing the automaker to quickly make prototype parts, according to Mark Bentley, licensing manager at Ford Global Brand Licensing, in a Ford press release.
Bentley said that Ford wanted to “share that fun” with fans and enthusiasts. “3D printing at home is a growing trend, and it makes sense for us to offer our customers a chance to make their own 3D Ford models.”
So far, fans are able to download the plans for some of Ford’s most exciting models, such as the Fiesta ST, Ford GT, and the all-new Shelby GT350R.
Fans can go here to order pre-printed Ford 3D models or digital images files that allow you to print your own models at any size and out of any material you choose.
Hosting one of the first ever “Hackathons,” Ford recently brought together 100 middle school students to promote STEM education. This competition stressed the importance of high-tech skills, encouraging kids to get more involved with software development.
According to Ford, the Ford STEAM Lab Competition awarded a scholarship each to the two best students. A $15,000 award and $12,500 award were given to two Michigan middle school students that showed the most promise. In order to organize the competition, Ford worked closely with the UAW to extend student participation opportunities.
“This event was designed to give students a voice in their education while learning software coding skills needed to be technology entrepreneurs,” said Shawn Wilson, manager of Multicultural Community Engagement at Ford. “What students taught us is just as valuable — utilize existing technology, develop flexible schedules so they can continue learning on their own time, and improve ways to communicate outside the classroom.”
This event is designed to encourage kids to get excited about STEM education, especially in fields related to the automotive industry. By doing so, Ford is looking to give students the best opportunities possible while at the same time strengthening the future of the auto industry.
Fleet management has always been a strong suit for Ford, and will continue this tradition with its new Telematics technology. Ford Telematics is powered by Telogis, and will help customers to more efficiently operate and manage fleet vehicles.
The new technology is a collection of cloud-based applications that provide insight into the full workday of each driver on the team. Some of the technology’s features are listed below:
- Data Coverage (Includes idle time and diesel emissions)
- Fuel Management
- Mobile Connectivity (Allows for connectivity with managers to relate information like hours of service, vehicle inspection reports, and compliancy)
- In-Cab Alerts (Includes warnings about abrupt acceleration, excessive speeding, and idle time)
- Driver Scorecards, Customizable Reports, and Dashboards that all provide information on driver behavior and vehicle efficiency
In a recent press release, Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, said, “Ford, in coordination with Telogis, is leading the development of smart solutions for hardworking fleets so they can maximize their operations to better serve their customers.”
The new technology is available on Ford models, 2009 or newer, like the Super Duty and F-150 pickup trucks, Transit, Transit Connect, E-Series vans, and Police Sedans.
For more information on Ford’s new Telematics technology or to check out the latest award winning lineup, visit us at Packey Webb Ford!
Electric cars just keep getting better. And why shouldn’t they? In some ways, they’re no more than large computers on wheels, and we can already do some incredibly nifty things with computers.
At the Mobile World Congress, Ford announced a new MyFord Mobile smartphone app and website, which would enable drivers to remotely perform a number of actions related to their electric vehicle, including charging management.
MyFord Mobile will be available for the C-MAX Energi plug-in and the Ford Focus Electric, both of which will be more convenient to use thanks to the app. It lets drivers check vehicle range and ensure their cars are ready at the date and time needed, and even lets them set a chosen cabin temperature so that the car is nice and cozy by the time they actually get in it.
It will also have gaming-inspired graphics that show CO2 emissions saved, represented by exercise balls and hot-air balloons.
“Electric car drivers want to understand the environmental benefits their vehicle brings, and also to know how they could improve their contribution to help make a better future. MyFord Mobile helps them to do this,” said Don Butler, Ford’s executive director of Connected Vehicle and Services.