Ford to Introduce Remote Start, Heated Steering Wheel

With winter already here, American carmakers are scrambling to make their vehicles as user-friendly as possible during the cold days ahead. After earlier today we told you about Chevrolet's $300 remote start option, it is time to take a look at what Ford has to offer.

The carmaker has prepared a factory-installed remote start system and heated steering wheel, with the former to debut on the 2011 Ford Super Duty in spring (not quite in time for winter, isn't it?). This system will replace the current one, which is offered as an option.

"What was once a feature only available on luxury cars or in the aftermarket is now becoming a factory-installed option for Ford customers," Michael Kan, research and development engineer with Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) said in a release. "Customers want the peace of mind that comes with a factory-installed option; now Ford is meeting this demand with a high-quality, affordable solution."

The remote start offered by Ford is in fact a bit more than that. The carmaker says the system is able to measure the inside temperature and activate the heating or air conditioning and even the front and rear defroster.

"When you jump in a Ford car or truck, no matter the weather, it's ready to go," Lisa Boran, a technical expert with Ford Body and Security Electronics added. "We've been able to integrate these two features to improve upon the traditional remote start system."
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