Ford Showcasing Cutting-Edge Entertainment Tech in 2018 Expedition, EcoSport
Live Streaming TV Available with Home Device, 10-Device Wi-Fi Support
More than ever before, vehicles are truly becoming mobile tech hubs, enabling on-the-go productivity and, perhaps even more importantly for parents, more entertainment options than ever before for keeping restless kids and teens occupied and quiet during longer road trips. The 2018 Expedition fullsize SUV that was just revealed at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, packs plenty of tech into its generous cabin, including an industry first OE-integrated live TV streaming system, employing an OE-first integration of the SlingPlayer system, which allows streaming of live cable or satellite TV programming from the user’s home entertainment system to the two second-row headrest video displays. The system does require a home Slingbox account.
In addition to the SlingPlayer system, the new Expedition features a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that will support up to 10 devices simultaneously up to 50 feet outside the vehicle. The Expedition will also support content and media from a portable DVD player, HDMI, USB, or SD card, as well as wireless mirroring from Android or iOS devices.
On the smallest end of Ford’s SUV spectrum, the new 2018 EcoSport likewise incorporates technology specifically tailored to the tastes of the vehicle’s millennial target customer and ditches the traditional CD player to better accommodate streaming, stored and on-demand music from mobile devices. Like the Expedition, the EcoSport also offers an available Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Sync Connect with FordPass to monitor vehicle health, and offer convenience features such as remote start, fuel level, parking availability and mobile payments. The 2018 Expedition will go on sale in North America this fall, and the EcoSport is expected in U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of 2018.