The Ford Atlas concept vehicle has proven to be a real crowd-pleaser here at Ford Social: when we asked you whether or not Ford should build it back in January, you responded with more than 1,200 comments, most of them filled with enthusiasm for this futuristic-looking truck.
We followed that article up with another that looks into how the designers settled on some of the key features on the concept, exploring the way the truck balanced sleek and rugged influences in the design of its frame, as well as the evolution of innovations like active wheel shutters, the illuminated cargo bed and the cargo cradle.
But the Atlas is full of features that are pushing the envelope in one way or another, so we thought we’d explore a few more of the defining characteristics of this fan-favorite Ford concept vehicle.
If you’ve ever driven a truck towing a load, you’ll appreciate this innovation: a Ford-truck first 360-degree point-of-view camera, which gives a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help position the vehicle in tight spaces or when obstacles are nearby. This little innovation could mark the end of needing a passenger to jump out and direct your truck, as you would be able to maneuver your payload expertly into place with the help of the camera.
The Atlas concept truck also features LED headlamps and tail lamps, which offer better road lighting than conventional halogen lights, last longer than traditional choices and illuminate the road more swiftly for a better driving experience.
The attractive, chiseled grille is not just there to look great. Active grille shutters behind the exterior would automatically stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during low-speed traffic jams or while working under a hot summer sun, and are designed to close and improve aerodynamics at cruising speeds or in cooler weather.
Along the side of the truck, you will find power running boards, which extend out while the truck is stopped to help passengers climb up into the cab. When the vehicle hits the road, the intelligently-designed running boards fold back against the chassis to improve aerodynamics at speed.
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