Ford is enhancing its high-end navigation systems to make it easier for drivers to find carpool lanes.
On all 2011-model vehicles with voice-controlled navigation, drivers will be able to specify that, whenever possible, driving routes should include high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
Those HOV lanes usually are marked with a white diamond icon and provide speedier travel for commuters with passengers. In some areas, hybrid vehicles also can travel in carpool lanes. HOV stickers that allow the Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles to use those lines in California have boosted those vehicles' resale values at used-car auctions.
HOV routing adds to a bundle of features that already were available with the enhanced navigation system, which is an option that costs about $2,195 for the 2010 model year. Ford has not announced prices for the 2011 model year.
The bundle of features includes touch-screen climate control, the Sync information/entertainment service, a hard drive for storing music, Sirius satellite radio and Sirius Travel Link. Travel Link provides information such as weather, traffic, sports scores and fuel prices at nearby gas stations.