Ford announced in the United States the arrival in its local market of the most advanced driver assistance technology platform in the industry. Named Ford Co-Pilot360, aims to help people cope with traffic in a safer and more reliable way, and will be standard on 92% of Ford vehicles by 2020.
With technologies such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Keeping System, Rear View Camera and Automatic High Beam Illumination, the Ford Co-Pilot360 package will be available on all vehicles on the market. American, starting with the new Edge that will be launched in that country at the end of 2018.
"Currently drivers feel stressed by the possibility of having an accident", said Jim Farley, President of Ford Global Business. "That is one of the reasons why every year, we are designing new technologies available to millions of customers."
? Ford Co-Pilot360 will help drivers avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians in the road. If a potential collision is detected, a visual and audible signal is activated. In the event that the driver's response is not sufficient, the system can automatically engage the brakes to help mitigate damage.
The expansion of these technologies will also benefit other customers since, by 2020, commercial vehicles such as the E Series, F-650 and F-750 and even the F-589 Chassis, will be equipped with automatic brake assistance and system of lane maintenance, among other technologies.
Ford will be investing $ 500 million over the next five years to continue developing new safety and driver assistance technologies. Key areas of focus will be: simplifying them to work based on public expectations, especially as driving controls become more automated.
Ford researchers test the experience with new technologies in the VIRTTEX driving simulator, located in Dearborn, Michigan, United States, and run new systems through battery simulations built from hundreds of thousands of kilometers. For example, engineers tested recent radar and camera technologies over a million kilometers around the United States.