Ford Plans to Take Cars to the Cloud
Those of us who grew up watching The Jetsons have long been asking the question: Where are the flying cars? While the multicopter is in prototype, it still doesn’t look like we’re going to be flying cars around any time soon, but based on the technology Ford Motor Company recently showed off in its Evos concept car, they may at least be heading to the cloud.
The Evos (which made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show over the summer) is an electric hybrid with gull-wing doors (like the old DeLorean) that is connected to the Internet and could be capable of enabling all sorts of useful new applications thanks to a combination of wireless connectivity and cloud computing services. It also incorporates drivetrain improvements and physical design tweaks that will slowly work their way into mainstream Ford designs over the next few years.
The car could access traffic and weather information, along with a copy of your work calendar in order to map out an efficient driving route, and even determine when you should wake up, then send a message to your alarm clock. It can automatically program your radio to play whatever you were listening to inside house or on your computer before you leave home. It can even send messages to the control systems in your house to turn down the thermostat or close the garage door.
Potentially, vehicle-to-vehicle communication conducted by these cars of the future would help cut down on gridlock, and alert drivers to construction and accidents miles away. The drivetrain and chassis will also be able to adapt to specific driving preferences and weather conditions.
Although the Evos is a concept car, many of its features will likely turn up in the next-generation Ford Fusion. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain is the same one planned for the Ford C-Max Energi, which will be rolled out next year as well. Those gull-wing doors (which at least make the car look like it could fly), however, are not likely to end up on any of the new models, unfortunately.
If you want to see the car in person, Ford will have it on display at the 2012 Detroit auto show. You can also see a video of the vehicle below:
Source: Automobile Magazine