SMART FOCUS: FORD DRIVING TECHNOLOGY

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New Focus Has State-Of-The-Art Technology

  • The all-new Focus was designed with an unprecedented level of technology
  • Numerous comfort and convenience features on offer
  • Enhanced electrical system features up to 46 control modules with state-of-the-art networking technology
  • Innovative testing process helps ensure ultimate quality and reliability

PRETORIA, South Africa, 12 July 2011 – The all-new Focus boasts a number of smart features that make day-to-day driving a pleasure. Hill Launch Assist is a welcome addition to the all-new Focus line-up. It prevents the car from rolling backward if the driver’s foot is released from the brake to the accelerator.

Features such as one shot up/down power windows with global close* (Available with the Trend Option Pack and standard on the Sport model), a capless refueling system, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers all add to the overall comfort and convenience.

Follow me home lighting is a useful feature that allows the driver to turn off the engine while the headlamps remain on for a predetermined time giving the driver an added sense of security.

The interior of the new Focus has a sporty cockpit feel with a high quality finish. The sporty ambience is enhanced by the Cabin Lighting Hub with LED illumination. The Sport models are characterized by a soft red LED light from the overhead console above the centre console, cupholders, door map pocket, around the door release and foot well area, with LED lamps front and rear further increase the premium feel at night.

The premium theme continues with an Auto Power Start Button. The function offers added convenience as well as modern appeal with the driver simply having to hold down the clutch pedal and press the power button to start the vehicle.

Bluetooth® connectivity with Voice Control (available in Trend and Sport models) improves day to day usability. The intuitive software can recognize numerous voice commands that can control the radio, CD, electronic climate control, (only on Sport models),  phone and media player. A USB connection is available on all models while an auxiliary connection for an MP3 player is available on Trend, and Sport variants.

While external media players will allow you to play your choice of music the new Ford Focus also features an easy to operate In Car Entertainment (ICE) system. Whether you choose to listen to the radio, the CD player or external player you will enjoy a 6-speaker surround sound system on Ambiente and Trend derivatives. The Sport model is further equipped with a 4.2” Thin-film Transistor (TFT) screen with 9 speakers and steering wheel audio controls.  Steering wheel audio controls are available on Trend and Sport models.

While the all-new Focus boasts various smart technologies it is also smartly configured with practicality as a key focus area. Front door bins accept 1.5 litre bottles while the glovebox can stow a 1-litre bottle in addition to an A4 atlas and an owner’s manual. Various other stowage compartments as well as cupholders are stationed throughout the cabin giving occupants a wealth of storage options.

The technology on offer in the all-new Focus is largely courtesy of a state-of-the-art electrical system which has been subjected to an incredibly intensive testing regime using the latest analysis tools.

Rather than a complex and heavy wiring loom, the all-new Focus uses the latest Controller Area Network (CAN) bus systems to link its electrical features. The three CAN bus networks in the all-new Focus enable the features to function seamlessly together, and are capable of exchanging one million Bits of information every second.

The all-new Focus is also the first Ford vehicle to be designed from the outset with the company’s latest Common Global Electrical Architecture. This architecture, which will be adopted by all new models, is a key step in enabling a common set of powertrain, systems and components to be shared by Ford’s next generation of global products. This will ensure that consumers worldwide have access to all the latest Ford technologies.

The electrical systems on the all-new Focus were subjected to comprehensive testing using two key methodologies – Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing and Yellow Board testing.

HIL testing is a software-based automated test system which allows a huge number of tests to be compressed into a short period of time. The system is active, simulating the operation of the car when it is driving, enabling features like driver assistance and active safety systems to be tested very thoroughly without the cost and complexity of running tests in a vehicle.

The tests use the actual control modules and CAN buses from the vehicle, while the computer system provides a virtual model of the vehicle to simulate the inputs from the driver, engine and chassis. The system also inputs fault conditions to ensure that the features behave correctly if any of the control units develop a fault.

Because the system is automated, test runs can take place overnight and at weekends, so that testing typically takes one-tenth of the time required for manually controlled verification tests. With more than 20,000 automated tests in a single overnight run, HIL testing makes it possible for a full range of vehicle configurations to be thoroughly tested.

To test the entire functioning vehicle electrical system, including all of the control modules, connections and wires, the physical parts are laid out on ‘Yellow Boards’ in a test lab for detailed analysis.

Every electrical feature of the vehicle, like lamps at the rear, is put in place on the Yellow Boards to undergo rigorous testing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Comfort and security electronic features have more than 20 000 functional test cases, with testing conducted under normal conditions and then under stress and failure conditions, such as a variation in high voltage or a short circuit.

Tests on the all-new Focus were carried out on every regional variant of the car, to ensure that the vehicle delivers the same high standards of quality and reliability to customers in all worldwide markets.