It’s an age-old sci-fi trope — waking up to your house’s AI telling you “good morning,” asking you what clothes you want to wear, and preparing your breakfast ahead of time. While Lincoln’s new Approach Detection Technology isn’t quite that advanced (yet), it’s getting there. The new 2017 Lincoln Continental is all about making you feel like your car is happy to see you and, even though a similar system was unveiled on the recent MKC, the Continental’s technology is far more sophisticated.
Imagine walking up to your vehicle first thing in the morning and, as soon as you come within eight feet, the whole car lights up — glowing door handles, puddle lights displaying the brand logo, and, in some upper-range models, sequentially-illuminating exterior lights. That’s exactly what happens in the 2017 Lincoln Continental, complete with ambient interior lighting and power mirrors that deploy automatically once the driver has taken a seat. Even the doors close by themselves.
Sheryl Connelly of Ford stated, “The idea of the approach detection is to make the Continental sense a passenger’s presence and invite them in, just like a friend would do or when you check in to a luxury resort. Everything you need and things you want will be there with the comfort of a home.”
Every aspect of the 2017 Continental is carefully crafted to ensure an atmosphere of high-tech luxury. Even the ambient lighting in the cabin and the LEDs in the door handles are the same color as the body of the vehicle to ensure a sense of continuity throughout. If you’re interested in the new Lincoln Continental and its Approach Detection Technology, the vehicle is due for launch fall 2016 in the United States.