2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

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    2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech



    Modern Ford products are built on the pillars of design, fuel economy and technology, the latter of which Ford is putting the focus on with the new Edge Concept unveiled today at the LA Auto Show.

    Hinting at what the next-generation Ford Edge mid-size SUV will look like this concept previews advanced new automated driving technologies that are a step towards self driving cars.

    To improve safety this concept is fitted with an advanced obstacle avoidance system with adaptive steering. Taking the relatively new auto brake functionality to the next level, not only will this system apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t react in time, it will even steer the car around the object.

    On the convenience front is a new parking aid technology. Building off of Ford’s already existing active park assist feature this new prototype version doesn’t require any input from the driver. Activated by the push of a button inside the car, it can also be engaged remotely, allowing the car to exit a tight parking spot before you get in.

    There’s also an adaptive steering system that can dramatically adjust the reaction of the front wheels to the steering wheel, allowing for only small steering adjustments, say, in a parking lot, rather than big hand-over-hand manoeuvres.

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    With the goal of making technology intuitive so as to make life easier, Ford doesn’t have the best track record, the MyFord touch system being a notable example.

    So in addition to the new technologies showcased here, it’s important to note that the Edge concept features actual buttons and knobs on the dash – proof that the no-button dash is a failed experiment. Still, MyFord Touch is hardly gone, it’s just evolved like BMW’s iDrive and gets a simply massive 10-inch display screen.

    As for fuel economy, Ford hasn’t released any info about new powertrains though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the V6 dropped entirely in favor of the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbocharged 4-cylinder.

    Two notable fuel saving features on this concept that are expected to see production are a start-stop system and active grille shutters up front to reduce aerodynamic drag at speed.

    And of course it’s all wrapped in a stylish new package. From a profile it looks familiar, though Ford has done considerable work to the front end, toning down the oversized grille and in the process eliminating some of the current SUV’s awkward styling.

    A lot of the new Ford Edge concept is sure to make it into the production model, but only time will tell how long before these futuristic autonomous technologies arrive at a dealerships.
    See more photos of the 2015 Ford Edge concept at AutoGuide.com


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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    The interior looks fantastic.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    I guess the production version debuted before the concept.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    Ugh, all these new Ford's have a face only a mother could love. I close my eyes when I drive by Ford dealerships.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    Looks like a hyundai

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    The wheels look very similar to what's offered on the new Stingray Corvette.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    Quote Originally Posted by megeebee View Post
    I guess the production version debuted before the concept.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    The current SantaFe exists to take on the Edge (and Explorer), which is the bestselling car its segment, so give me a break especially since the Superman grille is a Ford corporate thing predating the SantaFe.

    I like it allot, does look remarkably like the current car which is a good thing IMO since it's one of those designs that is just right for this segment. It looks allot more fun and athletic with a Land Rover Evoque/BMW X6 vibe, if not quite that far. It should do very well globally and domestically.

    I know it probably won't stay because of Lincoln, but I really like the full-width taillight strip. I would be a little annoyed if they tossed that in there for the concept only because it's a rather big detail for a concept so close to production ready.

    The interior looks good, very similar to the S-Max Concept but beefier and less Lincoln-like thanks to the larger buttons and shifter on the center console. I like the larger screen, I seriously hope this is staying in production.

    This is definitely something I would buy in a heartbeat and I bet the production version will actually look better.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    The end of self driving isn't anywhere close, but when it does dawn it'll mean a whole new world of zombies. We're already so much plugged into iphones our lives are nothing more than a giant IM session. I'll be surprised if we survive.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    Current Edge looks better.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    I like it, don't see it as a rip off of Hyundai.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    It looks great, but shouldn't this be a Lincoln introduction. Ford will always come first.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    Quote Originally Posted by megeebee View Post
    I guess the production version debuted before the concept.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Edge Concept Previews Self-Driving Tech

    This concept differs quite a bit from what the production model will look like. The rear side quarter window looks much smaller on the concept, as does the rocker panel area....the vehicle looks shorter in concept from than from this photo of the production model:
    http://www.carscoops.com/2013/10/fut...tory-with.html

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