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.
The following paragraphs explain
most of the technologies available in the 2010 Taurus
(standard or optional, according to versions and
- 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
- 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.
warning signal across the base of the
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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 (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
Spot Mirror, Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot
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.
- 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.
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
front seats with rolling pattern
- 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
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.
reach for drivers of every size.
- Side Protection And Cabin
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.
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
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.