The Future of In-Car Entertainment

March 21st, 2017 by

Live streaming sports in the back seat of an Expedition? Sign me up.

Based on pre-production images, the 2018 Ford Expedition is going to receive an impressive new design. The rectangular frame, that has been the SUV’s staple, is being rounded out significantly. In addition to becoming more stylish outside, the Expedition will receive some exciting upgrades on the inside. In their biggest SUV, Ford is setting the bar for entertainment options.

  • WiFi hotspot supports 10 simultaneous devices, 50 feet away
  • Dual-headrest monitors in the rear seat.
  • Live TV via SlingPlayer
  • 12-Speaker B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN®

The most exciting option here is definitely SlingPlayer. For those who are unfamiliar with the service, SlingPlayer allows TV subscribers to stream live programs over the internet. This requires installing a SlingBox at home. Once you do, you’ll be able to watch live TV (sports!) from the back of your Expedition. You’ll also be able to play media from DVD, HDMI, USB, SD card, Android Miracast, and Android/iOS SmartStream. Further the system includes two wireless headsets and can be controlled with a mobile application.

EcoSport

In 2003 Ford debuted the EcoSport subcompact (mini) SUV in the Mexican market. Since then, it has become popular in several global markets. Last year, Ford announced that it would be appearing in North America for 2018. With the growing popularity of sport utility vehicles in Canada, Ford is smart to add to their lineup. And, to mark its introduction, the EcoSport will come with exciting entertainment technology.

  • 10-speaker system  B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN®
  • ”Instead of a CD player, EcoSport will now feature a unique horizontal storage bin over the glove box for storing smartphones within reach, while also allowing for a more upright touch screen.”
  • WiFi hotspot and SYNC Connect® with FordPass®.
  • 8-inch touchscreen

In 2018, the smallest and largest SUVs in Ford’s lineup will be carrying the absolute best in entertainment technology. If drivers can’t get excited about this, their passengers certainly will.