Ford Touts Technology in International-First Focus

At the Detroit Auto Show, Ford revealed a new safety equipment package for the 2019 Ford Focus that includes automatic braking, among other features.

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At the Detroit Auto Show, Ford revealed a new safety equipment package for the 2019 Ford Focus that includes automatic braking, among other features.

The 2019 Ford Focus, which will debut for sale in Europe and China before it becomes available in North America in 2019, includes the all-new Ford CoPilot 360 suite. The driver assistance features available as part of this package include Adaptive Cruise Control (speed sign recognition, lane-keeping, and automatic breaking); the “Adaptive Front Lighting System,” which recognizes road curves and signs and adjusts lights accordingly; active park assist for fully automated parking; and “Evasive Steering Assist,” which reacts to evasive steering such as around stopped or slower vehicles.

To support this connectivity, the new Focus also includes FordPass Connect, which enables a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 mobile devices.

Ford aims to make 90 percent of its vehicles produced around the world equipped with internet connectivity by 2020.

The next-generation Focus is also different from Ford’s previous roll-out plans in that the number of orderable configurations has been reduced.

“While it starts with Focus, this approach will further strengthen with future Ford vehicles as the company moves from individual vehicle platforms to all-new flexible vehicle architectures paired with modular “families,” streamlining common components such as engines, electrical systems, and high-end features, such as sunroofs,” Ford wrote in a press release

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