Ford unveils 2014 Focus at MWC

Ford unveils 2014 Focus at MWC

Ford has unveiled the latest version of its best-selling Focus, complete with advanced parking sensors.

The vehicle, which will go on sale later this year in Europe, was unveiled at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ford says the new 2014 model is its most advanced Focus yet.

Its parking assist feature uses sensors mounted on the car which automatically control the vehicle when parallel parking. They guide the car into a space while the driver simply controls braking and acceleration.

There are also two extra sensors for partially automated perpendicular parking, and sensors that activate a system to warn drivers if cars or pedestrians are about to cross behind them when the car is in reverse.

Another new feature partially automates backing out of a perpendicular space.

The 2014 Focus will be the first Ford in Europe to feature Sync 2, Ford's new in-car connectivity and entertainment system which offers voice control of the audio system, navigation and climate control.

Parents who want to allow their children to drive the car can make use of the MyKey feature, which restricts the top speed and volume of the audio system.

If the driver or passengers are not using seat belts, the audio system will not play at all. MyKey can also be used to block deactivation of safety technology features.

Car makers have increasingly been making use of advanced technology systems in recent years, including a host of new safety features designed to prevent collisions.

Copyright Press Association 2014