Video Dash Demo - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Video Dash Demo

February 02, 2010


You asked for it, you got it. This demo of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid's TFT video instrument panel was all the more easy to make because the system actually has a built-in Demo mode.

I'm making menu selections via two steering-mounted buttons to get the demo started. At the end, I use them again to replace the dreaded economy leaves with a bar graph that's more to my liking.

The demo cycles through four available gauge layouts known as, in increasing level of detail, Inform, Enlighten, Engage, and Empower. Yeah, I know. And I bet there are folks over at Ford that muttered "If only!" when they were told they couldn't spell Inform with an "E".

Be that as it may, this is most definitely the way dashboards will go in the future. There are simply too many interesting possibilities. And I can see all sorts of personalization possibilities if something like this is opened up to developers. Think Google Desktop customization. What would you put on your instrument panel?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,910 miles

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