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New gadgets in Ford vehicles could improve your experience behind the wheel

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Ford Smart Mobility National Tour made its first stop in Louisville Thursday.  Some of the new technology featured on the tour could make driving in Louisville much easier.

These days, driving through the city is anything but a smooth ride.  With detours and congestion galore, patience on the road has a whole new meaning.  But officials at Ford say their cars can help lighten things up.

"We find customers really like these technologies.  They like technologies that help them drive better, that lowers stress for them and also helps them drive more safely,” said Scott Lindstrom, Active Safety and Tire Manager for Ford Motor Company.

The SYNC 3 is the upgraded hands-free system for the ford escape.

The program lets you use your voice to make a call, listen to music with voice-control.

The Active Park Assist in the Ford Edge now comes with hands-free perpendicular parking.

One of the most popular features of the day was the Back-Up Trailer Assist, which is said to make for better steering on campers, boats and moving trailers.

Ford conducted a survey for Louisville drivers to address concerns and desires on the road.

"They find other drivers stressful and they're worried about other drivers on the road.  They worry about vehicles in their blind spots, they find parking stressful.  And generally people are looking for technology to help them become better drivers," said Lindstrom.

Ford officials are also looking into the future, experimenting on an electric bike, built especially for urban commuters.

But they say the near future is all about the cars’ new technology.

"We are migrating all of our technologies across our portfolio over the next 5 years," Lindstrom said.

All of the new technology in the Ford vehicles will be available to drivers by the end of the year.

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