Families with young children know the daily stress involved with transportation. With so many things on your mind, like safety, directions, appointments and entertainment, it’s hard to believe so many of us are still sane.
Lucky for us, there’s hope. Ford recently unveiled Family One, a concept designed to keep families organized and entertained on the road.
The concept uses Radio-Frequency Identification tracking devices to keep track of misplaced items, reducing the time mom spends searching through the back seat. Now, she can tag all the belongings her children should have when they enter the car. If they enter the car without one of the previously-tagged items (like a book bag or lunch box), mom receives an on-screen notification and text message.
The system synchronizes with smart phone technology, reminding the driver of appointments and to-do lists and providing hands-free calling. Safety is also enhanced with a notification system, alerting the driver if a child safety seat is improperly secured.
Entertainment is provided by transparent sunshades, mounted on the bulkhead behind the front seats. These screens can display digital entertainment, three-dimensional gaming, interactive educational opportunities and wireless Web connectivity. If that’s not enough, there are also whiteboard surfaces on the rear side doors, available for whenever creativity strikes.
Other Family One concept features include:
–The SmartGauge™ instrument cluster to tell the driver how economically the vehicle is being driven
–Two folding scooters mounted to the back doors
–Easy-to-clean interior surfaces and washable seat covers
–Sunscreen and hand sanitizer dispensers
Ford unveiled the Family One concept vehicle at the 2009 New York International Auto Show in April. The Concept will be available on the Ford Transit Connect, a small and boxy European vehicle that Ford is bringing to the U.S. market this summer. Besides convenience and safety, the vehicle also offers 22/25 mpg and a reasonable price tag.