Telematics Features Get to Ford Focus Electric

Telematics Features Get to Ford Focus Electric
Last week at the CES trade show Ford unveiled a version of MyFord Mobile App that allows Ford electric cars owners to remotely control select functions in their vehicles.

Owners can use any connected mobile phone with a data plan or computer with Internet access when not operating a vehicle to find current and projected state of charge information including estimated range and the amount of charge time necessary for additional distances.

Owners can also program vehicle charging with utility input, allowing the car to start charging immediately or when electricity prices are lowest with the value charging feature, powered by Microsoft.

Using features powered by MapQuest, the driver is able to locate charging stations and get the destination sent to the vehicle. A journey with multiple stops can also be created and the driver can determine the likelihood that the car has adequate charge for the full journey.

MyFord Mobile can obviously communicate charge station and other points of interest to the car using SYNC’s Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI). Turn-by-turn guidance is provided by the in-car navigation system. Drivers can also get up-to-date charging station information in their vehicle directly through SYNC TDI simply by connecting to SYNC Services.

The driver can also receive alerts if the charge has stopped or if the vehicle has reached a particular preset charge level or has the ability to reach a particular destination. It is also possible to remotely use grid power to heat or cool the battery and vehicle interior, lock/unlock doors, and locate the car with the built-in GPS system.

The system can also provide a lot of information regarding the car’s performance and the driver’s behavior, including personalized depending on which key the driver used.

"We're putting battery charge and vehicle range information, along with an interactive, data-driven trip planning app right at customers' fingertips," said Ed Pleet, Ford Connected Services manager. "That's going to get drivers involved and excited about the electric car ownership experience."

Monday, January 10th 2011

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