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Your next Ford will be able to back itself into a parking space, steer around traffic

Lucas Mearian | Nov. 4, 2016
Auto maker reveals new driver-assist technologies for its next generation of vehicles

The new technologies are expected to be available on Ford vehicles within two years.

Another new feature will be Evasive Steering Assist, which, when operating at either city or highway speeds,  can help drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions.

The evasive steering technology uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead on the roadway, 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.

Ford's new Wrong-Way alert technology uses a windshield-mounted camera and information from the car's navigation system to offer customers visual and audio warnings should they begin driving in the wrong direction against traffic.

Additional technologies being developed by Ford include:

  • Spot lighting technology that uses an infrared camera to help detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals - highlighting those potential hazards for drivers;
  • A camera-based, advanced front lighting system that widens the headlight beam at intersections and roundabouts after interpreting traffic signs. The  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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