Ford is taking its real-world driver-assist technology to the next level. Debuting on the European Ford Mondeo, Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is designed to keep everyone who shares the road safe, including those inside the vehicle as well as those outside.
The technology uses a forward-looking windshield-mounted camera and radar to scan the area in front the vehicle. When a pedestrian is detected in the vehicle’s path, leaving little space between the two, it alerts the driver, giving him or her time to react. If the driver fails to respond to the alert, the vehicle will apply the brakes automatically to avoid a collision.
“This real-world testing was an important part of the development, because pedestrians in an urban setting can present a wide range of potential situations,” said Scott Lindstrom, manager of Ford’s Driver Assist Technologies. “We’ve covered more than 300,000 miles on three continents that included a wide range of settings and situations.”
The technology will first roll out on the Ford Mondeo, but the automaker already has plans to expand its availability in other models and countries around the world.
We at Paul Obaugh Ford can’t wait for the technology to arrive here in the States!