Automation in New Ford Cars
If the last vehicle you bought was more than two or three years ago, then you’ve missed some astonishing developments in automation technology. While completely autonomous cars are still a little ways away from being ready for mass consumption, several automation features are now standard on several models of the new Ford cars.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
By using a pair of cameras and the power of computing, your car’s computer can determine how fast the vehicles around you are traveling. By tying this data into the cruise control system, you can take your foot off the pedal and simply guide your car through traffic. As long as traffic moves at least every three seconds, the automation can take your car to a dead stop and wait for space to open in front of you. Now, you won’t be tenuously swapping between the gas and brake for thirty minutes!
Speed Sign Recognition
It can be difficult to keep track of everything on the road, especially when it comes to speed signs that flit by in a moment between a row of trees and political signs while you’re pressed between an SUV and a big rig. Now, your vehicle will be equipped with forward-facing cameras that can digitally capture that moment, identify the speed sign, and put the speed limit right onto your dashboard or heads-up display. The only downside is that you won’t be able to try the “I missed the sign” routine if you get caught speeding, so those of you with a lead foot should get in the habit of checking the readout.
Active Park Assist
The National Safety Council reports that more than 50,000 accidents occur within parking structures each year, and that figure doesn’t include parking in other areas like streets and driveways. Parallel parking is anecdotally challenging to the point that either you or someone you know has complained about it before, and going through any parking lot will likely net you examples of people who aren’t great at perpendicular parking either. The enhanced Active Park Assist in new Ford cars will be able to take care of both forms of parking for you, so all you have to do is move the car into position and engage the system.
The Future of Driving Is Easy
Even though you will still have to monitor how your vehicle is performing and may bear legal responsibility (for now) if the automation causes an accident, driving in the new Ford cars will become easier and more luxurious year over year thanks to these new technologies. If you’re interested in more of the automation features, you should check out the full list of features in the upcoming Ford Co-Pilot360 system.