The Curb

Dear Ford,
My name is Joshua Walsh, I am 20 and have to say that your 2009 Ford Focus, is about one of the best cars I can honestly say I’ve ever had the privilage to be in and actually saved my life! Let me tell you a story about this turn, infamously known where I’m at, as “the curb”. Not an exciting name? I know, but trust me, there is a very good reason people who live near that road talk about it like it’s cursed. One day, I’m driving down sandycreeek with a couple of my friends in the car, three to be exact. Now, this had been my first encounter with “the curb” so I had no idea what to expect, or even what it looked like! As we’re driving, the road starts to get a little rockier and dirtier, but I had dealt with similar roads like this on a constant basis. I’m usually the only one who drives anyway. As we are driving, we get to “the curb” I see now why it’s called that. It is a simple looking curb, with a dangrous surprise. It’s about one of the steepest, rockiest turns I’ve ever seen, and to top it all off there’s not even a sign to warn you. We go to turn and to my surprise keep going straight! I freaked out, pushing on the brakes and turning the wheel as far towards the road as I can, but it’s too late. We start getting guided along on the side of the road by this long ditch, leading down a hill, and next thing I know, slam! We hit right into a pile of small trees. But, to my surprise, all my airbags go off, and to an even more extent! None of my friends or myself were injured at all! Maybe the slight whiplash that being in a wreck creates, but aside from that, nothing! Ford, I have loved this car ever since I set foot in it. My ford focus was seriously one of the best cars in the world, I loved driving in it, riding in it, and honestly wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for that car. Thank you Ford I will definitely be wanting another Focus sometime in the close furture!

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There are far too many distractions for drivers these days with cell phones being a major factor. Many applications are available to limit the cell phones cabalities while the car is in motion. This is a great stepping stone to curb accidents, but I dont feel it is the solution. In the fast paced society we are in we need/want access to information as it is happening. We also need a way to try to limit the restrictions to the drive so that it does not effect the other members in the vehicle. We need a cell phone holder that has a censor built in that detects what cellphone is in closest proximity to the drivers seat. When the vehicle is in the on position the cell phone is only able to send and receive information if the phone is in the docking station. The phone will need to be faced down or the screen must lock the whole time the phone is in the docking station. All calls and texts are run by voice command and can not be read or manually input into the cell phone. Many providers have come a long with text to speach and voice controls for applications. The goal is to still have accessability of the information, but without taking out eyes off the road. Some key things are making it so that the drivers phone is the one mainly affected and that the screen will not work on the phone, but the functions of the phone are still accessible via voice commands. Eventually it would be nice if there was a dock that was just built into the cars when manufactured that could also charge the phone and would not have to be mounted to the windshield. 
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