Ford Eco-Route Navigation Option Saves Fuel On Roads Less Traveled

Ford Eco-Route Navigation Option Saves Fuel On Roads Less Traveled

Navigation still has a long ways to go in vehicles to match the value provided by standalone units. These days, an in-car nav from the factory can cost thousands, while a basic Garmin or TomTom unit will go for $100 to $300. But Ford is making strides to bring the in-car factory experience up a notch, and while Sync has done a lot to move things in the right direction, there's still a big concern around mapping and gas mileage.



Today, Ford has introduced their MyFord Touch Eco-Route feature, which is a new concept that will be implemented in many of the company's 2011 vehicles. When entering an address into the NAV system, drivers will be given three main routing options: fastest by time, shortest distance and the new Eco-Route, which is said to direct you in the way that would route you around traffic and save the most gas. It may end up taking you longer (lower speed limits) but it should save you on fuel in the long run.

MyFord Touch launches this summer on the 2011 Ford Edge and will be available globally on the 2012 Ford Focus; also, it will be standard equipment on new Lincoln vehicles beginning with the 2011 Lincoln MKX. Going green really is hitting every industry, isn't it?


  • New MyFord Touch™ driver connect technology provides an array of real-time feedback on fuel efficiency performance that helps coach drivers to optimize their miles per gallon
  • MyFord Touch map-based navigation offers an Eco-Route option, which instantly calculates the most fuel-efficient route for the driver.  Ford testing shows Eco-Route can help achieve fuel economy gains of up to 15 percent
  • MyFord Touch launches this summer on the 2011 Ford Edge and will be available globally on the 2012 Ford Focus.  MyLincoln Touch will be standard equipment on new Lincoln vehicles beginning with the 2011 Lincoln MKX

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I just pray that these factory jobs are all done to a set of consistent form-factors. I can't help but equate factory navigation systems with factory radios: You're probably going to want to replace them if you want a good one.

Even if you don't want to replace it immediately, you very well may want to do so a year or two down the road (when the new models add some new interactive feature).

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I love the idea behind this. Saving gas is a top priority for many people, and the morning and afternoon commute just destroys anyone's chances at saving that extra gallon. But I can't seem to expect anything quality from this 2011 package deal. It just seems to me that Ford will throw in some crappy Nav system that won't really hold any value compared to something like a TomTom.

I also noticed that this is only being released to the Edge and then the Focus for the 2011 and 2012 year. Who wants a focus? Just sayin'.

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This is great technology!

Yet now the people who cant figure out the shortest distance for themselves will have a simple way to cheat. What every happened to survival of the fittest :P

As the technology gets cheaper and more readily available, then it would be nice to see every car have this type of system. One thing I would like to see is if they could hook this up to the DPS traffic tracking database. If they could then it could potentially tell drivers when to travel on their specific route, therefore removing all traffic congestion. Imagine waking up and checking your route, the knowing when to leave. Then having a straight pleasant drive without sitting in traffic, which would save alot more gas and wear and tear on the car. Then with the smartphone you can let the office know exactly when you will arrive, and a possible excuse because of traffic avoidance. Yet it would probably also give your boss an excuse to check if your excuse was valid.!

I am not sure if this is really going green, if they wanted to do that. Then they should have the shortest route plotted with the specific speeds that would be most fuel efficient?

"Hi I'm Charlie Brown":)

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A new Garmin with Lifetime map updates costs 150 bucks at Newegg. Add the traffic option for another 30 bucks and you have free traffic for life too.

Why shell out thousands for a system without the free updates? What real value is there here? Maybe it's just me,......

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>> What real value is there here? Maybe it's just me,......

The warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing that you'll be paying for some Ford exec's kids' braces years down the road?

It's not just you. :)

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Ford continues on finding ways in making their cars fuel efficient! With this navigation system my ford focus parts should know the easiest route to my destination while consuming lesser fuel.

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