Ford recently worked with two smart kids to develop one of their ideas in order to make it a reality. Siblings Daniel and Lara Krohn discovered on a road trip that water that is typically wiped from the windshield can actually be used to clean the windshield in lieu of washer fluid. This could just save billions of liters of water over the course of years.
From the Science Fair to the Factory
According to Ford, the Krohn’s idea was developed into a full-size test car after the siblings presented at a local science competition. Daniel, who is 11, and Lara, who is 9, came up with the idea to recycle rain water on a road trip with their father, Gerd. The two used a pump from a toy fire engine and an aquarium filter system to test the idea, which was later developed by Ford engineers.
“Daniel and Lara’s idea has been staring drivers in the face for decades – and it has taken one moment of ingenuity to bring it to life. In less than five minutes of rainfall the washer reservoir is completely full,” said Theo Geuecke, supervisor, Body Exterior Hardware, Ford of Europe.
The On-the-Go H2O system, as dubbed by Ford, was reworked into a full-sized version on a Ford S-MAX test car. It captures water via rain and condensation, filtering it for washer fluid. However, engineers were also able to collect and purify the water to such as degree that it was drinkable. Basically, you can now get a fresh drink of water from the moisture in the air.
Be on the lookout for new technology like this at Friendly Ford!
Although we are unsure on where this new technology will show up first, we do know that Ford is planning to launch it across all models from Fiesta to Super Duty. Adaptive Steering is the name of the game and Ford hopes that this new technology will help out in times of low and high speed maneuvers giving drivers a better experience on the road.
The blue oval plans to be the first non-luxury brand to make adaptive steering standard on every vehicle in their lineup. Just how does adaptive steering work? As a driver, you will just cruise as you normally do. When you are turning into a spot in the parking lot, you won’t have to turn your steering wheel as much to get into a tight space. When changing lanes at a high speed on the highway, the transition will feel easier and less forced. Overall Ford Adaptive Steering will make your drive more enjoyable.
The good news is that Ford Adaptive Steering technology fits right into your steering wheel and only adds a few pounds to your vehicle. The bad news is that it isn’t available just yet. Ford is perfecting Adaptive Steering and hopes to introduce it to the lineup soon. For more Ford news and information, stop by Ford’s News Center.
The 2015 Ford F-150 made its debut just a couple of days ago sporting more toughness than ever before! The redefined, more capable F-150 will be available for sale late during the 2014 year, so let’s take a look at what’s to come for America’s favorite truck.
First, the F-150 is stronger and more durable than ever before. The pickup will be rigorously tested in extreme temperatures. It will also be put to the ultimate test by hauling heavy trailers and loads across many different terrains.
The all-new F-150 promises to offer the most advanced technologies. Features include: Trailer hitch assist, 360-degree camera, loading ramps, high-wattage power outlets, tailgate step, LED headlamps and tail lamps, trailer tow module, remote tailgate, and EcoBoost technology.
Inside the F-150 you will find features to help make your drive smooth and easy. Capable features include: curve control, a lane-keeping system, blind spot information system, second-row inflatable safety belts, and adaptive cruise control.
At Friendly Ford we love the F-150! We can’t wait to see what the 2015 model will bring for Ford truck enthusiasts. Do you have a Ford F-150? What are some of your favorite features? Let us know in the comment section below and come by and see the current F-150 model in Roselle!
Current F-150 available at Friendly Ford!