Available new technology from Ford – Pre-Collision Assist
with Pedestrian Detection – is designed to reduce the severity of and, in some
cases, even eliminate frontal collisions involving pedestrians
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – debuting on
the 2015 Ford Mondeo in Europe – provides a collision warning to the driver
and, if the driver does not respond in time, can automatically apply the
vehicle brakes, according to a press release issued by Ford.
Other available Ford driver-assist technologies include
lane-keeping system with lane-keeping aid, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with
brake support, and active park assist
Ford Motor Company is rolling out a new driver-assist system
that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions
involving vehicles and pedestrians.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar
and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a
vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the
driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full
braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal
collisions. Pre-Collision Assist may help drivers avoid rear end collisions
with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the
driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds – both may reduce the severity of
forward collisions or even prevent certain forward collisions.
“This technology adds to the already impressive list of
driver-assist technologies Ford customers benefit from today,” said Raj Nair,
Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection will debut as
available technology on the 2015 Ford Mondeo on sale in Europe this year. It
will then roll out to other Ford and Lincoln products around the world.
While the new system may be especially helpful in unexpected
situations, it does not replace the driver and has limitations including
nighttime, low and harsh lighting conditions, vehicles moving in a different
direction and certain weather conditions.
In daylight and clear weather conditions, the new technology
may detect people in or near the road ahead, or pedestrians crossing the
vehicle’s path. If a pedestrian is detected in front of the car and a collision
is imminent, the driver first receives an audible and visual warning. Should
the driver not respond, the system improves brake responsiveness by reducing
the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the
driver, the brakes are applied automatically and vehicle speed is reduced.
The system processes information collected from a
windshield-mounted camera and radar located near the bumper; it then checks the
information against a database of pedestrian shapes to help distinguish people
from typical roadside scenery and objects.
Ford engineers tested the system on closed test tracks using
rigs fitted with manikins to replicate pedestrians. They then spent months
refining the technology on roads around the world to test system reliability.
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