Ford has announced an updated version of its large Transit van, which sees the model get a big boost when it comes to safety and technology.

From spring 2022, Ford will make much of its safety technology commonplace across the Transit line-up, with autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist set to come as standard on all Trend, Limited and Trail versions. These account for more than 60 per cent of Transit sales in Europe, according to Ford.

The popular Trend version will now also benefit from a heated windscreen and automatic lights and wipers, which the firm says will ‘help reduce driver workload’.

The interior also features a new 12-inch touchscreen that uses Ford’s latest ‘Sync 3’ software. Fitted as standard to range-topping Limited models, this new system is set to offer twice the computer power of the previous unit, and allows for wireless over-the-air updates. It will also come with features like cloud-based connected live traffic, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and advanced voice recognition.

A range of new optional driver assistance features are also being introduced, including Reverse Brake Assist that can slam on the brakes if it senses the driver is reversing into an object or into the path of other road users. A new 360-degree camera system joins the range too, along with a digital rear view mirror that aims to improve visibility.

Ford says the updated Transit will be available to order from later in the year.