6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Car Tech Video: Ford's Atlas Concept looks rough and ready

About Video Transcript

Car Tech Video: Ford's Atlas Concept looks rough and ready

2:42 /

Unveiling their vision of the future for the F-series trucks, Ford rolled out their new Atlas concept at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

-What's up, guys? This is Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com. We're on the floor at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and we're taking a look at the Ford Atlas. Now, that's a very strong name for a very strong truck. This is an early preview of what we should expect from the next-generation Ford F-Series of pickup trucks. Now, the Atlas is powered by a next-generation version of Ford's EcoBoost engine. There's not much detail known beyond that. All we pretty much know is that it's gonna use direct injection and turbo charging. It's also gonna use an auto stop-start system to help it save fuel when you're idling at a light, but that's the only part of the fuel-saving technology at work here. It actually uses a lot of interesting active shutter technology. There are shutters in the wheels that slam shut when you're at rolling speed so that you get less turbulence from those spinning spokes and reduce the wind resistance and drag that you pick up when you're rolling. There are active shutters in the front grill that slam shut to reduce a little bit of cooling but you get a lot more of a slick profile when you're travelling through the wind, and there's also a drop-down lower air damn that floods down from the front bumper reducing the amount of air that flows underneath the car, again, less wind resistance. Ford's also working on a lot of driver-aid features for the next-generation F-Series driver including a trailer assist that helps you reverse when you've got a trailer on you, a hitch-active assist that helps you line up the trailer hitch the first time every time when you're trying to actually attach the trailer to the truck and a 360 bird's eye view camera that lets you see all of the ground around the vehicle. This is similar to what we've seen in Infiniti vehicles previously. You've also got retractable sidesteps that slip up in and under the vehicle when you're rolling so they're not contributing to drag also. Pretty much all of the exterior features of this vehicle are tailor-made towards making this big hunk of metal as slick as possible when travelling through the air at high speeds. The Atlas also uses LED lights all around for the headlights, the tail lights. There are even some LED spotlights in the side mirrors. Inside the cabin, we have a very concept-car interior with big blocky features and a lot of exposed metal, but the basics of the Ford SYNC with AppLink system, the Ford MyKey system, the Wi-Fi enabled dashboard integration, all of that's probably gonna be in place for the next generation of this vehicle. Well, I'm Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com. We've been on the floor taking a look at the Ford Atlas pickup truck concept car.

New releases

XCAR Awards 2014: Person of the year
1:41 20 December 2014
Some incredibly people crossed paths with XCAR in 2014. We look back to see who impressed us most.
Play video
2014 BMW i8 (CNET On Cars, Episode 56)
19:02 19 December 2014
BMW's i8 is definitely a taste of the future -- but whose? We'll shed some light on MPGe, the benchmark for tomorrow's cars. And we...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:55 19 December 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Did life forms exist on Mars? Curiosity makes a big find, Ep. 187
4:46 19 December 2014
It's the last Crave show of 2014. This week, Curiosity makes a huge discovery, the US Navy has a shark drone and American satellites...
Play video
Obama: Sony wrong to pull movie over hackers' threats
2:56 19 December 2014
President Obama addresses the Sony cyberattack and vows to respond to North Korea. Also, T-Mobile settles cramming lawsuit, and Facebook...
Play video
A cheap activity tracker you will actually want to wear
2:11 19 December 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a look at one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market.
Play video
Embarrassing moments in tech (2014)
2:53 19 December 2014
The high profile tech of 2014 that aimed for the stars and landed in the gutter.
Play video
Solid tablet design hindered by so-so performance
2:48 19 December 2014
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 has an excellent ergonomic build, but its performance lacks the same finesse.
Play video