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2010 Ford Taurus: Meaningful technologies

APN

29 January 2009.

  2010 Taurus

  Technologies

  Tech. graphics

  Specifications

As Ford says, the new 2010 Taurus technologies are effectively not selected for the sake of technology, but rather for real needs and usefulness in terms of safety, connectivity, customization and control, before adding: with particular attention to make these technologies easy to understand and to operate.

Adaptive cruise control.

Adaptive cruise control (to larger image).

 

The following paragraphs explain most of the technologies available in the 2010 Taurus (standard or optional, according to versions and markets).

- The Adaptive Cruise Control allows to set the cruising speed while using radar technology to monitor traffic travelling up to 600 feet (182 metres) ahead, automatically adjusting Taurus speed to help maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

Collision Warning with Brake Support.

Collision Warning with Brake Support (to larger image).

- Collision Warning with Brake Support: Adaptive Cruise Control also integrates Collision Warning with Brake Support, which uses radar sensing to detect moving vehicles ahead and provide a visual “head-up” warning signal transmitted across the base of the windshield, as well as an audible warning when slower moving traffic is detected ahead. The system also pre-charges the brakes and engages an electronic brake assist to help the driver stop more quickly.

Head-up warning signal across the base of the windshield.

Head-up warning signal across the base of the windshield.

- The Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start feature allows to enter the car and start the engine simply by carrying the fob (in the pocket for instance) when approaching and entering the vehicle. On the other hand, the SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad enables vehicle access by unlocking the driver’s door using a five-digit code on the new keypad system flush-mounted in the driver’s side B-pillar.

2010 Ford taurus full-size sedan: engine push-button start.

Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start .

- When enabled (especially for parents or in fleets), the MyKey function features a persistent beltminder with audio mute until safety belts are buckled, as well as an earlier low-fuel warning, and consistently engaged AdvanceTrac stability control, Blind Spot monitoring, Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Warning. Additional programmability includes restrictions on audio volume, limiting top speed to 80 mph and speed chime warnings at 45, 55, or 65mph.

Optional automatic switch to high intensity headlight when no other vehicles are detected.

Optional automatic switch to high intensity headlight when no other vehicles are detected, in a range of up to 500 feet (152 metres) for taillight detection (when following a car), and up to 2,000 feet (609 metres) for oncoming headlight detection.

- Auto High Beams / Rain-Sensing Wipers use sensors to switch headlights to high intensity when no other vehicles are detected, in a range of up to 500 feet (152 metres) for taillight detection (when following a car), and up to 2,000 feet (609 metres) for oncoming headlight detection. Rain-sensing wipers use an optical sensor to detect the intensity of rain and/or snowfall to adjust wiper speed.

- The Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler System makes refuelling easier and cleaner, as it self-seals the fuel tank without any traditional fuel cap.

Blind Spot Information System.

Blind Spot Information System (to larger image).

- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) consists of two multiple beam radar modules in the rear quarter panels. When an approaching vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone, an indicator alert provides warning to the driver in the corresponding side view mirror (for more details: Blind Spot Mirror, Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring System).

- Cross Traffic Alert uses the existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking spot. It functions only when the vehicle is in reverse, and warns when cross-traffic appears within three car widths.

Cross Traffic Alert with Reverse Sensing.

Cross Traffic Alert with Reverse Sensing (to larger image).

- Ford SYNC is a fully integrated, in-vehicle voice-activated communications and entertainment system, with 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report and GPS-based features including business search and call completion. It connects to MP3 players, iPods, memory sticks and PDAs. SYNC’s 911 Assist will automatically call a local emergency operator in the event of an air bag deployment incident. The latest version adds Traffic, Directions and Information, providing turn-by-turn route guidance, and the ability to access content by personalised favourites such as region, subject matter or sports team.

Voice-Activated Navigation System with SIRIUS Travel Link: 8-inch screen to present a birds-eye-view map with 3D landmarks.

Voice-Activated Navigation System with SIRIUS Travel Link: 8-inch screen to present a birds-eye-view map with 3D landmarks.

- The Voice-Activated Navigation System with SIRIUS Travel Link uses an 8-inch screen to present a birds-eye-view map with 3D landmarks. It responds to voice commands for destination programming and route selection, and provides enhanced route guidance with street name announcements and detailed freeway exit, turn and ramp position lane guidance. The screen can be personalised with up to 32 pictures. The SIRIUS Travel Link, provides current weather and ski conditions, a five-day forecast, local fuel pricing by cost per gallon as well as brand, sports scores and movie listings.

Multi-Contour front seats with rolling pattern massage.

Multi-Contour front seats with rolling pattern massage.

- Multi-Contour front seats is an option which integrates a six-way lumbar support with rolling pattern massage. The bottom cushion features Active Motion, providing minute but continuous pelvis movement, stirring a change of muscular activation to help avoid back pain and relieve fatigue without distraction.

- Sony audio components deliver sound from a variety of sources, with an AM-FM tuner, SIRIUS Satellite radio, CD, DVD audio and an integrated 10 GB hard drive for storage. The package also includes an optional 10-speaker premium audio system.

On the active and passive safety sides, the new Taurus is equipped with a package of features, including dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side impact air bags and Safety Canopy side curtain air bags that help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side impact crashes.

New Taurus offers adjustable pedals.

Pedals with adjustable reach for drivers of every size.

- Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement (SPACE architecture): comprised of a hydroformed cross-car beam embedded in the floor between the door frames, it provides additional strength in the side of the vehicle. In the event of a side impact, the beam helps divert crash forces away from the occupants. A strong roof cross member and side impact door beams work with the floor-mounted tube to further improve side impact protection.

- Personal Safety System is designed to reduce the risk of injury to the driver and front seat passenger in the event of a moderate to severe frontal collision. Sensors detect the front occupant weight, safety belt usage, outboard seat belt tension and seating position to optimise air bag deployment force for occupant safety.

- AdvanceTrac electronic stability control: with sensors detecting and measuring oversteer and yaw, while continuously monitoring vehicle speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle, this system anticipates out-of-control risks. When it senses a loss of wheel traction, engine torque is reduced and braking is applied in conjunction with the standard Anti-lock Braking (ABS) system. It also incorporates traction control to aid drivers on loose or slippery surfaces.

- SOS Post-Crash Alert is an integrated system that automatically sounds the horn and activates the emergency flashers in the event of an air bag deployment.

* All photos and graphics source: Ford Motor Company.

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