Ford Introduces Crash Prevention Technology
- Crash prevention system includes automatic braking
- Detects both vehicles and pedestrians
- Debuting in Europe and to arrive on U.S. models soon
Ford has announced a new crash prevention system that will debut on the 2015 Ford Mondeo, the European version of the Ford Fusion. Officially called Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, the system warns the driver of an impending frontal collision -- with either a pedestrian or another vehicle -- and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to take action. Ford says that the technology will soon be available on U.S. models too, although the automaker did not identify a specific schedule for its rollout.
Ford already offers some advanced driver-assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel parking and lane-keeping assist. A crash-avoidance system is also available on models, including the Edge, Explorer, Flex, Fusion and Taurus, but without an auto-braking function or pedestrian detection.
Organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are focused on frontal-crash avoidance and prevention systems that make the biggest strides in reducing injuries and deaths resulting from motor-vehicle crashes. To earn the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS, a model must offer a crash-avoidance system, and NHTSA includes frontal crash avoidance or prevention on its list of recommended advanced safety technologies.
What it means to you: A frontal-crash avoidance system with automatic braking can help to improve vehicle safety. We expect Ford to announce the arrival of its Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection on U.S. models soon.