The Edge has been a steady performer for Ford since its introduction in 2006, a family hauler that avoids all the traditional hallmarks of a medium-to-large five-passenger SUV. For the concept, Ford only tweaks the design for an update; while still a show car, nothing on the sheetmetal or in the leather-covered interior looks difficult to translate into production, outside of the barely present door handles.
The major innovation lies in the software and sensors, where Ford has built on its automatic parallel-parking system to design a prototype set-up that performs the same function for perpendicular spaces — and can do so with the driver outside the vehicle, for slotting into those just-too-tight spaces at the outlet mall.
The other technologies Ford demonstrates on the Edge Concept lie a little further afield. One would enhance the obstacle detection system that can automatically brake or steer the car out of a lane if it senses a slow moving or stationary blockage. The Edge Concept isn't a self-driving car, but it demonstrates that such a Ford isn't so many auto shows away.