2013 Ford Fusion Packs Technology to Keep Drivers Alert

When the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion arrives this fall, it will pack a list of driver-assist technologies that will keep drivers alert and help them see things that they normally might miss on the road.

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When the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion arrives this fall, it will pack a list of driver-assist technologies that will keep drivers alert and help them see things that they normally might miss on the road.


Research firm Penn Schoen Berland recently conducted a survey of American drivers over the age of 18 to learn more about their attitudes toward driver assist technology. The survey found that the vast majority of drivers are interested in getting some extra assist features in their next vehicle to help them avoid potential accidents.

“We found the drivers we talked to were definitely inclined toward features that provided real practical benefits by alerting them to potentially hazardous situations they may have missed,” said Billy Mann, managing director of Penn Schoen Berland. “For them, assistance features that increase awareness ranked high among their priorities.”

Two-thirds of the drivers who participated in the survey indicated they would be interested in systems that can help them see around other vehicles while backing out of a parking space and detect other vehicles that might be in a blind spot over their shoulders.

“Basic transportation has long been the dominant style in the midsize family sedan segment,” says Amy Marentic, Ford Group Marketing manager. “This survey shows that as consumers have become accustomed to using electronic assistants in other aspects of life, they are increasingly recognizing how technology can help them cope with the stresses of driving.”

“In the early weeks of taking orders for the new Fusion, customer interest in these driver assist features is translating into strong demand,” says Marentic. “More than 14 percent of the orders so far include the Driver Assist Package (BLIS, Lane-Keeping System, auto high-beams and rain-sensing wipers), exceeding our expectations.”