Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Tuesday July 28, 2015
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > News & Rumors > Non-Subaru News & Rumors

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-19-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
Scooby Guru
Member#: 73805
Join Date: Nov 2004
Default Ford Supplying Vehicles For World's Largest V-2-V Demo

A 30-month demonstration program that Ford Motor Co. said today will be the world’s largest real-world test of vehicle-to-vehicle safety technology will start in 2012 in Ann Arbor, MI. Ford said it is supplying eight vehicles for the program, which the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has been awarded a $14.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct.

A statement from UMTRI said “passenger cars, commercial trucks and transit buses will be included that are equipped with a mix of integrated, retrofit and aftermarket vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure safety systems, a technology that could prevent thousands of crashes.”

The data generated and archived as part of the model deployment will be used for estimating safety benefits in support of future policy decisions by the USDOT, as well as for use by the broader transportation industry in developing additional safety, mobility and environmental applications utilizing wireless technologies, the statement added, saying the testing phase will last 12 months and include about 2,850 vehicles.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
AVANTI R5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 08-19-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
Scooby Guru
Member#: 73805
Join Date: Nov 2004
Default Driving Simulator Helps Fine-Tune the Ford Focus Electric

Butterflies, solar panels and windmills – which would you like to see on your dash display? Ford knows the best way to ensure customers will be happy with the overall driving experience is to get them involved with the R&D of a new vehicle! Ford invited potential customers to participate in a special driving simulator to enable engineers to take their feedback to finalize the in-dash display of the Focus Electric.

Via an 11-mile circuit through various terrain – such as city streets, hills and country land – the participants saw the same information that would appear in an actual Focus Electric, including two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens flanking the speedometer in the center. There, information about state of charge, distance to charge point, the corresponding budget and expected range surplus appear. How the gauge concepts and design are comprehended by participants helps to ensure the unique extension of the MyFord Touch® interactive display is easy to use and will meet owner information needs. MyFord Touch on the Focus Electric offers drivers features and info about range, destinations and charge points.

The team also brought in members of the Michigan Electric Auto Association, a group of electric vehicle enthusiasts, to validate the driver information. The concepts were well received by the group, who considered the information thoughtful, particularly for people who are not familiar with the electric vehicle experience.

Specifically, butterflies, which are used to graphically represent the additional range beyond one’s charge destination, were considered to be an appropriate emotive theme. One theme that was being pursued – a circuit board – was poorly received. It was seen as cold, unattractive and not exciting, so it was dropped. And, “not everyone thinks windmills and solar panels are desirable,” said Paul Aldighieri, Ford Global HMI Engineer. The team incorporated the feedback and received high acceptance levels for the new graphics.

Another example is that the original Brake Coach showed the absolute amount of energy that was captured and sent back to the battery, as well as the energy lost due to friction. Participants provided feedback that this was too complex and the indication of the energy lost to friction was not well understood.

Engineers simplified the program to show just the relative proportion of energy captured out of what was available to be captured. This gave the drivers a score that was easier to understand and was shown to be more motivational. Additionally, engineers received input on alternatives for the terminology used to represent what eventually became the charge point, budget and surplus screens.

For those who want more in-depth information, the cluster’s MyView feature offers greater personalization choices. Using five-way buttons on the steering wheel, Focus Electric owners can configure their own custom information screen in the left display. MyView gives owners the ability to choose trip budgets and range views and decide whether or not to display associated text with each screen.

The system also helps drivers optimize their use of the vehicle’s regenerative brakes to recapture kinetic energy and send it back to the battery. Brake Coach gives drivers feedback on their braking performance – and the effect it has on their range – once the car comes to a complete stop after a braking event.

The right-hand display screen in Focus Electric also uses blue butterflies to graphically represent the additional range beyond one’s charge point destination – the more there are, the greater the range. To reinforce the message, at the end of each trip a display screen provides distance driven, miles gained through regenerative braking, energy consumed and comparative gasoline saved by driving electric.
AVANTI R5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 169250
Join Date: Jan 2008
Chapter/Region: NESIC
2001 Schweizer 300CB


Since I don't plan to purchase an Electric Focus I really wish that they wouldn't display ANY of that crap. Christ people have enough trouble paying attention to the road as is.

Avanti, I never thought I would be recommending that you make more threads than you usually do, but these two topics really don't have anything in common
WhiteKnightSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
Scooby Guru
Member#: 73805
Join Date: Nov 2004

point taken from a gentlemen.
AVANTI R5 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
and the award for the world's largest breasts goes to... Indocti Discant Off-Topic 31 09-11-2010 10:09 PM
and the award for world's largest breasts goes to... cnw Off-Topic 50 06-25-2010 09:07 AM
World's Largest Subwoofer decimati Off-Topic 16 05-20-2004 09:26 AM
World's Largest Coctail Party Juicy South East Region Forum 7 10-06-2003 01:00 PM
World's largest STI centre open in Australia michaelwrx Member's Car Gallery 4 06-09-2002 03:20 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2015 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2015, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.