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The 2009 Flex will be available with the Ford Collision Warning System

Ford Collision Warning System Diagram  (Source: Ford)
System warns of impending collision and prepares brakes

Ford Motor Company is betting big on new technology to help drivers avoid accidents. Most cars on the road today utilize technology like air bags to help you survive an accident, but typically only expensive luxury cars utilized technology that actually helped drivers avoid a crash.

Ford announced a new technology called Collision Warning with Brake Support that is coming in 2009 on certain Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The crux of the system is that it detects an imminent collision via a type of radar and produces a tone over the cars audio system to warn the driver.

In addition to the tone warning, the system also projects a red warning light onto the windshield of the vehicle. At the same time the audio and visual warnings are going off, the system primes the brakes for emergency stop.

Braking is pre-charged and a brake-assist feature is engaged to help the driver get maximum braking force as soon as possible. Paul Mascarenas, Ford VP of product engineering, Global Product Development said in a statement, "The new Collision Warning with Brake Support technology puts us on the leading edge of active safety to help customers detect and avoid possible dangers. Ford will be the first to offer this technology on mainstream models that many families can afford."

Ford is mum on exactly what the Brake Support system entails and how specifically it works. It doesn't appear that the system starts braking the vehicle alone; the driver has to initiate braking. Collision warning with Brake Support isn’t the only radar assisted safety system making its way into Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford is introducing Adaptive Cruise Control that will adjust the speed of the vehicle when cruise is engaged depending on proximity to other vehicles. Ford has also announced a system known as BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) that also uses radar.

DailyTech reported this week that Ford introduced a speed limiting key system called MyKey that limits the car to lower speeds when used to start the vehicle. The system is being marketed to parents of teenage children. Interestingly, Bugatti uses a similar system on its exotic Veyron; a special key is needed to get maximum speed from the car.

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RE: This is why gas milage...
By UppityMatt on 10/8/2008 12:29:21 PM , Rating: -1
I think its really the only way American car companies can set themselves apart from one another and from the Foreign market. They obviously have had issues meeting the same level of quality that alot of foreign car companies create. So to sell cars they play off peoples fears of dieing in a car accident or getting hurt, by adding safety features that no one else has. Thats my take on it.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By Tsuwamono on 10/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: This is why gas milage...
By walk2k on 10/8/2008 2:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, what?

Chevy Malibu Hybrid
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)
Automatic: : 26 mpg / 34 mpg

The Prius can get 48+ in the city...

RE: This is why gas milage...
By omnicronx on 10/8/2008 2:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
The Prius can get 48+ in the city...
More like 48MPG downtown city when you never go over 40km/h and you are constantly breaking. Every single roadtest I have seen where point to point travel such as going to the train station and averaging 40km/h shows it gets no more than 40MPG. That along with the fact that on the highway those numbers drop very close to those of other cars like the malibu.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By walk2k on 10/8/2008 6:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
Prius 48/45
Malibu 26/34

Where do you get the Malibu coming anywhere close to the Prius highway?

Both EPA estimates. If you assume the Prius will be lower in daily driving you have to assume the Malibu will too.

Besides that I know plenty of people that get high-40s in mixed use. The Malibu best-case is going to get mid-30s.

Sorry but they do not compare, I can't even begin to see where you think they do.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By Ammohunt on 10/8/2008 2:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
Say what? I get 48-50 MPG in my prius on my daily 150 mile commute.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By jimbojimbo on 10/8/2008 3:26:23 PM , Rating: 1
You are a moron for having a 150mile commute.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By mdogs444 on 10/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: This is why gas milage...
By clovell on 10/8/2008 3:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully he likes them more than his time - that's at least four hours spent on the road each day. Easy on the trigger, everybody.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By mdogs444 on 10/8/2008 4:11:38 PM , Rating: 2
Its obviously worth his time or he wouldnt be doing it.

Besides, lets not worry about him driving 150 miles a day to work, even if it takes 4 hours. We should be worrying and yelling about the people who sit on their a**es for 24hrs a day as opposed to someone who goes out of his way to contribute to society and federal taxes.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By clovell on 10/9/2008 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not worried about him. I've done this for a couple years before, it's not necessarily something you enjoy, but something you have to do.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By Ammohunt on 10/9/2008 3:33:11 PM , Rating: 3
Actually i average 65Mph so its roughly 1.5 hours one way(75 miles) And its a long story and yes to me its well worth it. Work in the city live and raise my kids in a small town of 1200 people.

RE: This is why gas milage...
By FITCamaro on 10/8/2008 4:22:36 PM , Rating: 1
I did the same thing for 9 months @sshole.

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