BERLIN: Ford has offered a sneak peek at a cloud-connected concept car due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in two weeks' time.
The Ford Evos will showcase how Ford plans to incorporate technology into future cars to make them connected to the home and office, explained Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer at Ford.
"Imagine you are a busy professional who commutes to work in the city. You love to drive and that's why you own the ultra-smart cloud-connected Ford Evos concept," he said at IFA.
"The Ford Evos will be able to access information from the cloud, so it will know about your preferences, needs, health and work schedule."
Mascarenas demonstrated how the Evos could be used during a normal working day. The car will synchronise with the cloud in the morning to gather weather and traffic information, and check its owner's work schedule to determine when he or she should wake up.
"If your co-worker is running late for your meeting, there is no need for you to get to the office early. The Evos communicates with your alarm clock via the cloud to grant you an extra hour of sleep," he said.
"When you get into the car it will continue to play whatever music or radio station you were listening to, and will be at the optimal temperature taking into account the weather conditions and your preferences."
Ford envisages that the Evos will be charged using a wireless pad fitted in the owner's garage. As the driver starts the car and leaves, the Evos will tell the house to switch to energy efficient mode.
The Evos will also have a heart rate monitor built into the seat to monitor adrenaline levels when the car is being driven in performance mode.
The Evos will automatically switch smartphones to silent, and the dashboard will display only the speed and rev counter to help concentration when driving at high speeds.
When entering a city, drivers will be able to switch to the electric motor mode. Ford envisages that there will be electric-only lanes in the future.
Ford Sync technology will allow the Evos to manage the accelerator at low speeds to give the driver a rest. The car will also look for parking spaces where there is a wireless charger and automatically top up the battery.
"The Evos is the ultimate expression of Ford design and technology. The day when we have a car like that on the road will come and, until then, the Ford driving experience will continue to evolve to make driving safer, richer, more productive and enjoyable," said Mascarenas.
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