Have you ever felt overwhelmed with all the things you need to pay attention to in a modern car? Flashing lights, ringing phones, changing music tracks, it all adds up. An estimated 80% of accidents occur because of distractions to the driver. This can also include loosing control of your ride in bad weather or tricky driving situations.

We’ve been working on ways to help reduce the amount of distractions facing drivers these days in a completely unique way. No, we’re not adding more buttons, alerts and other things to take your eyes off what you’re doing, but making technology work quietly behind the scenes to let you focus on what’s important: the road.

A lot of these features have made their way into the 2013 Explorer a truly fun ride – but only if you clear away the modern distractions and enjoy it! Let’s take a quick look at some of the most important available features you may not have heard of:

  • Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS): Sensors measure driver input and changing road conditions, making seamless adjustments to automatically compensate for situations like cross-winds and crowned roads.
  • Torque Vectoring Control: when entering turns, the Explorer applies a small amount of brake to the inside wheel, helping you hug the turn in a safe way.
  • Rain Sensing Wipers: Optical sensors continually adjust the speed of your wipers, making sure you always have a clear view of the road ahead.
  • Auto-dimming Review Mirrors: light sensors can automatically dim your rear view mirror, keeping harsh headlight glare from blinding you at night.
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning: Tires with low air pressure cannot keep their shape. Underinflated tires become flatter as the wheels roll, and the tires will bend which may result in a shorter tire life. Besides saving fuel and money and minimizing emissions, properly inflated tires are safer will last longer. Your Explorer lets you know your tires need attention before something happens.
  • Reverse Sensing System: A system of sensors and an optional camera to alert you when something appears when reversing the car. The camera also helps you line up the perfect reverse parking job too! It is also very helpful when hooking up a trailer.
  • Adaptive Cruise control: Provides everything conventional cruise control does — keeps a constant speed without having to work the brake or accelerator pedal — plus the system uses advanced radar technology to scan the driving environment for slower vehicles ahead and slows the vehicle to adapt to the current traffic conditions. Once traffic clears, the system automatically returns to cruise Set speed and normal speed-control function.
  • Collision Warning with Brake Support: Collision warning with brake support uses radar to detect moving or stopped vehicles or obstacle ahead.if the danger of a collision is detected, it warns the driver of danger with an alarm and warning light. The system also automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly.
  • Active Park Assist: Makes parallel parking stress free. With the simple press of a button, it will detect an available parallel parking space and automatically steer the vehicle into the space, without touching the steering wheel, while you control the accelerator, gearshift and brakes. Uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and Electric Power-Assist Steering (EPAS) to identify and position the vehicle for parallel parking; calculates the optimal steering angle and quickly steers the vehicle into a parking spot, while providing very simple visual instructions and chimes (on the message centre) that coach the driver during the entire parking manoeuvre
  • Voice Commands and Steering Controls: With SYNC, you can use over 10,000 voice commands to adjust settings in your car, instead of fiddling with your instrument panels or radio. You also have the option of control buttons mounted on your steering wheel, meaning you never have to look away from the road ahead.
  • MyKey: This one’s for the parents! Ford MyKey allows parents set limitations to your car’s features when your teen is behind the wheel, like top speed, stereo volume and even require seat belts to be done up.

Pretty cool, right? All these features working in concert without you having to think about them. The best technology is ubiquitous: it knows when it’s time to get out of the way and let you be you.

Our goal is to let you keep your eye on the road, and if something needs attention your car will let you know! Want more info on the 2013 Explorer and all it has to offer?