The No.2 US automaker is joining the select club of automakers that offer the possibility to select a new technology – called “adaptive steering” and aimed at increased comfort and safety.
The technology, developed together with one of Ford’s suppliers, Takata Inc., is intended at making the vehicles easier to operate at low speeds – with less steering wheel turns – and increase precision at high speeds. The “adaptive steering” uses a precision-controlled actuator to change the usually fixed ratio that dictates how many steering wheel turns are needed to move the front wheels.
“First and foremost, all Ford Motor Company products have to offer a great driving experience,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This new steering technology can make any vehicle easier to maneuver and more fun to drive.”
During high-speed maneuvers, the system is designed to smooth out the response of the steering unit, allowing for a further increase in precision- enhancing the overall safety and comfort of the drive. The new system should be offered starting next year, with easy modifications being possible to the existing steering system. Executives of the company confirmed the schedule for introduction, but provided no additional details – in regards to model availability or price.