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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 omnicronx on 10/8/2008 1:21:30 PM , Rating: 3
I too have the same problem. If we didnt have these people driving these big trucks and SUV's, safety ratings would not need to be as high, which is the case in Europe.

I never understood why people think higher off the ground = safer. I have heard of many more horror stories of moms flippings their SUV's, than mom's crashing their volvos. Worst part is, SUV's don't adhere to the same safety ratings as cars. They fall under their own category between trucks and cars. A 5 star safety rating on car is much more impressive than one on an SUV.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By MrPoletski on 10/8/2008 1:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
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I never understood why people think higher off the ground = safer.


It gives you a better perception of depth. Whether that translates into better safety is another question.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By clovell on 10/8/2008 1:45:31 PM , Rating: 5
I never like driving behind SUVs because I can never see around them. Vision / awareness is a big factor for me when I drive. I imagine those driving in SUVs have a much nicer field of view than I do in my Taurus.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By ebakke on 10/8/2008 1:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
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I too have the same problem. If we didnt have these people driving these big trucks and SUV's, safety ratings would not need to be as high, which is the case in Europe.
UGH! The problem isn't trucks or SUVs. It's the person behind the wheel. An irresponsible person can cause enormous amounts of damage regardless of what car they drive. This is the same guns kill people vs people kill people argument. There's a person behind the machine that ultimately makes the decisions, and the machine itself isn't inherently bad.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By othercents on 10/8/2008 1:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
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A 5 star safety rating on car is much more impressive than one on an SUV.

Yes thats because they have to withstand an impact from an SUV.

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RE: This is why gas milage...
By omnicronx on 10/8/2008 2:46:06 PM , Rating: 3
If we didnt have these people driving these big trucks and SUV's, safety ratings would not need to be as high

Which is what I already said.. SUV's are pointless for most people. If you have a family, get a damn VAN. If you need to lug stuff around, get a truck.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By mdogs444 on 10/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: This is why gas milage...
By Lord 666 on 10/8/2008 3:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
What happened to the Accord coupe? Must have gotten a great deal on it. Going to put a gun safe or rack in there?

I've been looking at used XC90 V8's lately as they have depreciated from 50,000 to high teens in matter of three years.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By mdogs444 on 10/8/2008 3:53:25 PM , Rating: 1
I ended up trading in the Accord. The Tahoe was at a great price - employee discount, plus several thousand off for being an 08 and because they are hard to sell, plus $1500 off with my GM MasterCard. Ended up getting it for about 16k under sticker, and that's for an LTZ with every option available.

No gun rack - not much of a hunter. But I do have my conceal & carry permit for Ohio now. I fish quite often in the summer, and it'll be nice to not have to borrow my dad's S10 4x4 to tow the little 16" bass boat around.

The XC's are nice. A buddy of mine when I lived in Chicago had an 07. If you can get one for under $20k with less than 30k miles on it, sounds like a pretty good deal.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By rudolphna on 10/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: This is why gas milage...
By mdogs444 on 10/8/2008 4:07:43 PM , Rating: 2
hear hear.

Although, I would have though the V8 had much more than 230hp. Figured in the 300+ range.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By rudolphna on 10/8/2008 5:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
Its an older model, thats why. But even so, 230 HP is PLENTY. It can push you back in your seat if you floor it from a stop. It has pretty good acceleration too. Its one of those few SUVs that you can get away with driving it like a sports car. Which I do ;)


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Bluestealth on 10/8/2008 6:18:17 PM , Rating: 2
Handle like a sports car? I can't stand how SUVs ride, it feels like a truck because it is one. Not that I refuse to drive anything else, my Civic is a piece but it still handles better than a truck.

BTW I am fine with people driving their SUVs aggressively fast as long as they aren't passing people while forcing their suspension to the edge, a 30 degree roll is not safe.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By rudolphna on 10/8/2008 7:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
lol not like that. I tend to hit the gas hard, and i speed up quicker than Beemers lol. I have an 03 expedition. It has an Independent rear suspension, and has a very car-like quality to the ride.


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