Ford said it will overhaul its vehicle lineup by 2020, with an emphasis on “new propulsion” and standard connectivity on new vehicles.
The connectivity piece is “paving the way for over-the-air updates and the Transportation Mobility Cloud, an open platform that will empower tomorrow’s mobility systems,” Ford said.
All new Ford vehicles will have 4G LTE connectivity by the end of 2019, according to the automaker.
Ford said it plans to leverage connectivity – along with flexible vehicle architectures and more common parts across models – to increase speed-to-market and achieve engineering efficiencies.
“For instance, as more vehicles become connected, new analytics tools will show which vehicle technologies customers use most often,” Ford said. “This new data-driven insight will help determine which features to grow and invest in and which to eliminate, reducing manufacturing complexity, improving pricing, reducing incentives and building revenue over time.”
Ford also is introducing Ford Co-Pilot360, a new suite of standard driver-assist features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting. Ford said it will begin rolling out Co-Pilot 360 this fall.
“Our passion for great vehicles is stronger than ever,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “This showroom transformation will thrill customers, drive profitable growth and further build toward our future of smart vehicles in a smart world.”