Ford considers in-car sensors represent the next major step in car industry.
The Blue Oval said biometric sensors will be capable of measuring driver's stress levels and help personalize driver-assist tech. The firm is currently researching the use of real-time sensor data that can provide aid for evaluating external factors which can affect driver's attention. The real-time sensor data (radar and camera-based) can lower possible distractions, like an incoming phone call.
Ford says they are also trying to find methods for predicting driver behavior in order to "help optimize and configure vehicle controls for improved performance such as better energy management."
In addition, they are also experimenting with a technology called "advanced machine learning" which is being previewed in the 2013 Fusion and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. This tech is capable of "learning" typical locations of charging to automatically maximize "electric-only driving mode when nearing those locations."
The 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the firm's models previewing the future as it has no less than 74 sensors that are able to monitor the perimeter around the vehicle and "see into places that are not readily visible from the driver's seat."