Is This the End of the Sunday Driver?

March 21st, 2017 by

Ford Safety Features

Is This the End of the Sunday Driver?

It’s Sunday morning. You’re stuck behind that white Oldsmobile driving 20 km/hr below the speed limit. You pray to the gods of whichever church it’s heading toward that it will speed up. I’ve been there many times, stuck behind an older driver who’s struggling to drive safely.

Older drivers are confronted with a number of unique challenges: delayed response time, decreased range of motion, and vision impairments can make driving difficult, especially in winter conditions. Instead of allowing these challenges to deprive seniors of their freedom to get around, we can use technology to help them drive safely for longer. In the process, the roads become better for everyone.

Current Ford Safety Features:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System)
    • BLIS uses radar at the rear of the vehicle to alert the driver about vehicles driving in their blind spots.
    • Cross-traffic alerts use radar at the vehicle’s sides when parking, or backing up, to notify the driver about approaching vehicles.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
    • ACC allows drivers to set a cruising speed for the vehicle as well as a distance to maintain between them and the driver in front of them. When approaching an object, the vehicle slows automatically, resuming the cruising speed when the traffic has cleared.
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist (Parallel and Reverse Perpendicular)
    • When active park assist is enabled, the vehicle’s system automatically searches for available parking spaces. When it finds a suitable spot, the vehicle can parallel park with complete ease and minimal input from the driver, eliminating the stress of parking in busy areas.
  • Lane-Keeping System

The End? Not Quite

So, automotive innovation is supplementing drivers’ deficiencies. Our vehicles can monitor blind spots, maintain their position on the highway, and parallel park for us. But, as automakers repeatedly stress, no technology can replace an alert and competent driver… yet. As part of its five year strategy, Ford has announced a fully automated hybrid vehicle. It has no steering wheel, brake pedal, or accelerator. It will be available in 2021. Then, car buyers of any age will be able to combine the freedom of car ownership with total safety.

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