November 29, 2002

Ford shows Expedition designed for disabled

Ford Mobility Expedition
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Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has unveiled an Eddie Bauer Expedition concept designed to make the lives of people with disabilities easier.

“The Project Go Mobility Expedition is one of the most advanced mobility vehicles we’ve ever created,” said Ronald Miller, staff technical specialist for Intelligent Vehicle Systems at the Ford Research Laboratory. “It demonstrates how technology can be utilized to help make everyone’s lives easier. The rewards a vehicle like this can give to people with disabilities are tremendous.”

The Project Go Expedition exterior features:

  • A next-generation positional backup camera aid that provides enhanced visibility while in reverse.
  • Ride-Rite IntelliRide air springs with three levels to optimize vehicle height for different conditions, including: a lowered position for easier ingress and egress at rest that lowers the SUV 14-inches, a middle range for optimal performance on the street and 2-inch increase in ride height for off-road capability.
  • Rostra Front Obstacle Sensing System (ROSS) employs a microwave-based technology with both audible and visual indicators when the vehicle is approaching an object.
  • SmarTire Wireless Pressure Monitoring System gives the driver tire pressure and temperature information for each wheel and tire assembly. An audible and visual alarm alerts the driver when a change in conditions is detected.
  • Automotive Safety Auto Parts, LLC, Safety Hot Blades wiper blades are thermostatically controlled and automatically heat when the thermometer slides below 35 degrees F.

  • An integrated power rear liftgate can be voice, key fob or manually activated.
    Interior Features

  • Bluetooth technology allows drivers hands-free access to their Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), cell phone and other devices.
  • Personal Information Management (PIM) service connects to the consumer’s PDA and makes the information it contains available to other systems in the vehicle.
  • Digital reconfigurable instrument cluster presents information to the driver seamlessly and intuitively.
  • A hands-free voice system provides control of the entertainment system, heating and cooling and next-generation telematics.
  • Redesigned centre console allows the driver easy transfer from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat.

  • Wheelchair docking centre located between the rear seats provides safe storage of a wheelchair. A Polytech net secures the wheelchair in place during transport.

Mobility Equipment

  • Industry-first Bruno Turning Automotive Seating (TMS) with a hand controlled pivoting and articulating passenger seat base that matches the interior. The TMS can be installed in other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury full size SUVs, pickups and full-size vans.
  • Bruno Curb-Sider Super XL rear tailgate lift that allows customers to raise, lower and rotate a fully assembled mobility device from the curb side or from directly behind the SUV.

  • Wells-Engberg CT-100 Rotary Hand Operated Driving Controls that provide easier, less cumbersome and more convenient driving opportunities for the disabled driver.

Nearly 10,000 people received benefits from Ford Mobility Motoring last year. Since its creation in 1992, the program has assisted more than 85,000 individuals and organizations with more than $72 million in reimbursement funds.

Ford Mobility Motoring provides up to $1,000 toward the cost of adaptive equipment or up to $200 on alerting devices, lumbar support or running boards when installed on new Ford, Mercury or Lincoln vehicles.

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