New safety features from Ford: Collision warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and BLIS image

After those from Audi, VW and Mercedes have introduced a series of safety systems based on radar technology, Ford Motors announces the introduction of three safety systems based on radar technology.

Collision Warning with Brake Support is one of three new radar-based active safety technologies Ford is launching in 2008 and 2009.  The others are Adaptive Cruise Control and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert.

1. Adaptive Cruise Control: Adaptive Cruise Control, a driver-assistance feature that Ford introduced on the 2009 Lincoln MKS. Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar to detect moving vehicles immediately ahead and modify cruising speed if necessary.

Adaptive Cruise Control really marked the beginning of pre-emptive driver-assistance systems,” said Jerry Engelman, Adaptive Cruise Control supervisor, Chassis Electronics.

2. Collision Warning with Brake Support: Collision Warning with Brake Support uses radar to detect moving vehicles ahead and warns the driver of danger with an alarm and warning light.  The system also automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly.  The system is build on the basic function of Adaptive Cruise Control.

Research indicates that Collision Warning with Brake Support could be particularly helpful in warning a driver who is distracted or drowsy.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of accidents involve driver inattention.  The agency’s research found that one extra second of warning could prevent up to 90 percent of rear-end collisions.  CWBS offers three programmable alert settings ranging from approximately 1.5 seconds to 2.5 seconds.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, forward collision warning systems like Collision Warning with Brake Support have the potential to help prevent the kind of rear-end crashes that occurred 2.3 million times per year from 2002-2006 – almost 40 percent of the total crashes reported to police each year in the U.S.

3. BLISTM (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert can help provide extra confidence to drivers in parking lots by alerting drivers sooner of nearby traffic while backing out.  It uses two multiple beam radar modules, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels.  The radar detects moving objects within a 65-foot range from either side of the vehicle.  The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding side-view mirror providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.  An audible alert is sounded as well.

All these new safety features will be avaliable from next year on Ford and Lincoln.

Adaptive Cruise ControlBlind Spot Information SystemBlind Spot Information SystemCollision Warning with Brake SupportForward Collision WarningLane Departure WarningCross Traffic Alert and Reverse Sensing System