Ford Hybrid's EV+ Feature Learns Driver's Destinations


  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Action Rear 3/4

    2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Action Rear 3/4

    Ford engineers have come up with a way for its hybrids and plug-in hybrids to "learn" the driver's destinations in order to boost fuel efficiency. | November 09, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Ford says its patent-pending EV+ feature for such cars as the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi "learns" the driver's frequent destinations in order to boost fuel efficiency.
  • Using GPS data from Ford Sync, the computerized feature automatically adjusts powertrain controls based on location to deliver more electric-only driving, Ford said.
  • The driver can turn off the system and erase "all the waypoints," Ford said.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford says its patent-pending EV+ feature for such cars as the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi "learns" the driver's frequent destinations in order to boost fuel efficiency.

The feature is part of SmartGauge and is standard on the C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi, along with hybrid versions of the 2013 Ford Fusion and C-Max.

Using GPS data from Ford Sync, the computerized feature automatically adjusts powertrain controls based on location to deliver more electric-only driving, Ford said. The driver can turn off the system and erase "all the waypoints," Ford said.

Once frequent destinations have been learned — such as your home parking location — EV+ adjusts how the electric power stored in the vehicle's high-voltage battery is used to power the vehicle.

"If EV+ determines the vehicle is nearing a frequent destination, it has the capability to remain in electric-only mode," said Ford.

Ford said because it puts a GPS unit in every Ford with Sync, it was "just a matter of tapping into that in the right way" with EV+.

Edmunds says: Cars just keep getting smarter and smarter. But is any of this technology troubling to the ordinary consumer?

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