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Lincoln MKX to get new instrument panel technology

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Lincoln MKX to get new instrument panel technology

Jamie LaReau

Automotive News -- January 7, 2010 - 12:15 am ET

DETROIT -- The reskinned Lincoln MKX crossover will be the first vehicle to adopt Ford Motor Co.'s new instrument panel technology with two liquid crystal displays and an 8-inch touch screen in the center console, the company announced today.

The liquid crystal screens show the speedometer, fuel gauge and other displays. The 8-inch screen controls the audio, navigation, climate control and phone.

“This is how Ford interiors will look,” said Alan Hall, a company spokesman. “Soon the whole interior of your car goes digital.”

The reskinned MKX is scheduled to arrive this summer. Lincoln will unveil the vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

The technology, called MyLincoln Touch in the MKX, will be standard on all future Lincolns.

On Ford brand vehicles, the technology is called MyFord Touch.

All the controls are touch-sensitive.

For example, a driver uses a finger to slide a bar that adjusts stereo volume or fan speed.

Each function -- navigation, phone, climate control and entertainment -- has its own color and corner of the touch screen.

An electronic button gives a driver access to a travel link with weather reports.

Using Ford's Sync wireless technology, the controls also can be activated by voice.

A driver can continue to connect devices such as an iPod, phone and camera.

The 2011 Edge crossover will be the first Ford brand product to get the technology, followed by the 2012 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback. The technology will be used on all Ford vehicles; low-priced trim levels will get smaller screens.

Ford says that within five years, MyFord Touch will be on 80 percent of Ford nameplates.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100107/OEM06/100109955/1115#ixzz0bxzxc7IX

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Sounds cool, if this is anything like the Range Rover and XJ's then I am all for it.

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>>"For example, a driver uses a finger to slide a bar that adjusts stereo volume or fan speed."<<

The MONSTER problem with touch-sensitive flat screens are that they require you to take your eyes off the road to work it. And as more & more vehicle functions & interfaces go this way (and not just on Fords), the more drivers will have their head down & their eyes on the 'dash tech' sh!t.

It's 'gee-whiz' over common sense.

There ARE going to be more & more accidents because of this.

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They didn't say MyMercury Touch. Seriously, is Mercury staying around?!

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