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Ford Announces Future Tech Plans

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New technologies will make Ford vehicles safer than ever.

Ford is offering a sneak peek at future technologies, expected to be available on Ford vehicles within two years. These innovations include: 

Evasive steering assist is a new technology that can help drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead, and provides steering support to enable drivers to avoid a vehicle if a collision is imminent. The system is activated if there is insufficient space to avoid a collision by braking and the driver decides to take evasive action. 

Wrong-way alert technology uses a windshield-mounted camera and information from the car’s navigation system to offer the driver visual and audio warnings should they begin driving the wrong direction against traffic. 

Enhanced active park assist controls steering, gear selection, and forward and reverse movement to facilitate parking at the push of a button. It can enable a vehicle to automatically enter and exit a parallel parking space, as well as reverse into a perpendicular space. 

Cross-traffic alert with braking uses radar sensors to monitor the area behind the vehicle. If the driver is backing out and does not react to the initial warning, the system is designed to automatically apply the brakes. 

Additional technologies being developed by Ford include:

Spot lighting technology uses an infrared camera to help detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals – highlighting these potential hazards for drivers.

Advanced front lighting system widens the headlight beam at intersections and roundabouts after interpreting traffic signs.

Traffic Jam Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle centered in a lane, plus it brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front.

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