Ford Fusion’s Incremental Steps Towards Driverless Cars
The new vehicle features a host of driver assist technologies that take steps towards automated driving.
The 2013 Ford Fusion features a suite of driver assist technologies, which form the basis for the company’s research and development of future mobility solutions. They help further progress active safety technology that could lead to autonomous assisted driving in the long-term, which supports the theory that cars will take incremental steps towards being driverless instead of making a complete change. These new driver assist technologies include:Lane keeping system: uses a forward-facing camera that scans the road for lane markings and provides haptic feedback to drivers to keep vehicles near the center of the lane. Driver alert system: uses the front-facing camera to detect patterns that indicate a driver is drowsy, then suggests they stop and rest a while. Pull drift compensation: counters the effects of steeply crowned roads and steady crosswinds, providing gradual steering corrections that keep the car moving to where the driver wants to go. Adaptive cruise control with collision warning: detects following distance, providing a visual and audio alert to drivers to steer or brake. Active park assist: measures the gap between parked cars, automatically steering the car into the space. Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert: radar sensors in the rear corners monitor the spaces beside and just behind the car, triggering a warning light in the mirror when there is a vehicle in the blind spot.