The fu­ture of car se­cu­rity

Ford's Project mo­bii puts you in con­trol

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safe and se­cure

Thanks to a cam­era built into the dash­board your car will now be able to see you. But more im­por­tantly, it’ll see any­one who’s not you via its fa­cial recog­ni­tion soft­ware. Spy­ing a stranger at the wheel, Project Mo­bii will snap a photo of them and send it to your smart­phone’s Ford app, at which point you can ap­prove or deny them per­mis­sion to start the car at your leisure. Or, if it’s one of your young­sters you may choose to let them pro­ceed while ap­ply­ing cer­tain in-app driv­ing re­stric­tions, like a lim­ited top speed and sound sys­tem vol­ume. Kids run­ning off with the keys will be a thing of the past.

it’s not rude to point

Project Mo­bii makes grasp­ing for your ve­hi­cle’s con­trols - and pos­si­bly tak­ing your eyes off the road in the process - a thing of the past. For ex­am­ple, if you have a sud­den urge to feel the wind blow­ing through your hair, all you need to do is point at the sun­roof and say “Open.” Mo­bii will recog­nise the ges­ture and com­mand com­bi­na­tion and your sun­roof will do pre­cisely that.

Rid­ing shot­gun

Project Mo­bii per­son­alises the in-car ex­pe­ri­ence for the driver, dis­play­ing driver-spe­cific in­for­ma­tion like cal­en­dar, mu­sic and con­tacts. Should some­one climb into the pas­sen­ger seat, Mo­bii hides that po­ten­tially pri­vate in­for­ma­tion as a se­cu­rity mea­sure. Plus, the sys­tem can dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween com­mands given by the driver and those com­ing from a pas­sen­ger.

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