For years, Ford has been at the forefront of the development of new vehicle safety technologies, so much it even sells its own to other manufacturers. But Ford is not stopping there. The company just announced a new system to help avoid and even eliminate front collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. The system is called pre-collision warning system and will be introduced in Europe next year on the 2015 Mondeo.
Here’s how it works. The system constantly scans the road ahead using radars and cameras, then adds other inputs like speed and inclination. Once the system has detected an object ahead, it first warns the driver to take action, then takes over and can apply the brakes up to a full stop if necessary. Ford’s pre-collision warning system gains its ability to recognize objects from a database created from real-life testing. Ford safety engineering team covered over 300,000 miles of roads to ensure the system worked flawlessly, and it does.
With the all-new pre-collision warning system , Ford is adding an extra camera nested in the windshield next to the rear-view mirror, allowing for a better viewing angle. However, the system does have some limitations and does not replace driver input. Since the system is fairly new, the cameras have a harder time detecting objects at night or under certain weather conditions.
Although the system is scheduled to be released in only one model next year, the potential for this technology is unlimited. Ford already enjoys a conformable position amongst manufacturers in terms of new safety technology. Ford’s Driver Assist package, which is available in all of their upcoming models, greatly increases customer’s choices in this area. Driver Assist bundles cutting edge improvements like BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with lane-keeping assist, auto-dimming beams and rain-sensing wiper blades.
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