Ford Debuts Test Car That Automatically Steers And Brakes To Avoid Obstacles

Posted: Dec 13 2013, 9:18am CST | by , Updated: Dec 13 2013, 9:20am CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Ford Debuts Test Car That Automatically Steers and Brakes to Avoid Obstacles
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Ford demonstrated obstacle avoidance test car in North America yesterday. This new obstacle avoidance tech allows vehicle to detect any obstacle in its path and automatically steers or brakes to avoid collisions and direct the vehicle away from traffic if the driver fails to steer or brake following system warnings.

Ford Motor Company wants to bring something new to help drivers in avoiding accidents on the road. One its way to build fully automated cars in the future, Ford has demonstrated an obstacle avoidance test car in North America. This test car is based on its new semi-automated prototype technology. This semi-automated prototype technology is called Ford Edge concept which was debuted last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Obstacle avoidance and fully assisted parking aid (self-parking) are the features of this new semi-automated technology.

Ford has demonstrated this obstacle avoidance technology via a test car in North America. Ford Focus equipped with obstacle avoidance technology runs at company's test track in Dearborn. This obstacle avoidance test car can automatically steer and brake to avoid collisions with vehicles stopped or slowing in the same lane ahead. And Ford says that it has so far tested the new tech at more than 38mph speeds.

Ford says that this new obstacle avoidance technology will help drivers to avoid accidents over the road. How? Actually the cars equipped with this new tech will automatically detect the stationary obstacles and slow-moving objects in the path of the car. Then the system will first issues warnings of obstacles ahead. This system will take over the driving if the driver takes no action or fails to steer or brake following the system warnings. This system will then automatically steer and brake to avoid any collision ahead.

Ford wants to build fully automated tech in the future. And that is why, Fords Blueprint for Mobility is working on automated functionality and advanced technologies that will help improve safety, reduce congestion and achieve major environmental improvements. And this tech is another milestone in Fords Blueprint for Mobility.

Ford says that "the sensor-based technologies found in driver-assist and semi-automated features like obstacle avoidance and fully assisted parking aid form the building blocks for the future of automated driving."

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