- Jun 4, 2007
VIDEO: Cruise control, digital gauges, navigation in the 1960s? Sorta
The voiceover in this 1960s era Ford promotional video asks "Will any of these experimental features be seen on production cars in the future?" Why, yes, we can now positively say many of them will. Some high-tech gadgets named in the film are in-car refrigerators and "plug-in televisions." Check and check. Of course, the navigation system shown was nothing more than a fancy map holder that scrolled the paper as the car moved, and the digital speedometer was simply a panel of numbers with lights behind them. But at least they were thinking ahead.
Ford even highlighted one of its futuristic cars with adjustable pedals and steering wheel with a memory setting for different drivers.
Not yet seen on production vehicles are the in-car oven, the "electro-luminescent" panels surrounding the car for safety and that odd little half-window thingy seen on the station wagon toward the end. Oh, wait. Subaru used that one.
Tacked on to the tail of the concept video is another Ford promo film about the Mustang's conception. Most of the info is common knowledge, but it's interesting to watch.