Ford’s swoopy, futuristic Evos concept is meant as a preview of a new styling language that will inform all future Fords. The trapezoidal front grille, squinty headlights, and strong character creases will be seen in new Ford designs as soon as next year. But underneath the glossy show car exterior, the Evos concept also previews Ford’s vision for the Internet-connected car of the future.
This video explains a day in the life of a fictional Ford Evos owner. When he wakes up and listens to Internet radio, the Evos is charging in his garage and pre-cooling the car’s interior to his preferred temperature. When the anonymous driver hops in the Evos, the car’s audio system begins playing the same Internet radio station the driver listened to in his car. Because, you know, tuning the sound system yourself is a bit too difficult.
Once out on the road, the Ford Evos tweaks engine and suspension settings to keep fuel economy and comfort high. But when the car finds out that our protagonist’s early meeting has been postponed, the Evos’ navigation system redirects him to a longer route of snaking mountain roads, at the same time switching on a playlist of high-tempo rock music to further invigorate the driver.
We’ll admit that there are plenty of intriguing applications for an Internet-connected car. This video of the Evos concept, however, borders on the ridiculous. The car’s computer turns off the lights at the driver’s home when he pulls away, and turn-by-turn navigation directs him to a specific parking spot at the office. Are those tasks really too difficult for a busy professional to accomplish by himself?
We laugh now, but some of these technologies could reach production cars a few years from now. Until then, enjoy Ford’s vision of the cloud-connected car in the video below.