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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 Lord 666 on 10/8/2008 1:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the follow up. I purchased the 2006 Jetta TDI new in October 2006 for the fuel economy and safety (rear side airbags or the 4*4 option.)

It was between the VW and MB E320 CDI at the time. Passed on the MB because I'll take front wheel drive in the Northeast over rear anytime as the all-wheel drive is not an option on the diesels yet.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Pirks on 10/8/2008 2:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
I can't say anything about Jetta's safety, but going for TDI for fuel economy is akin to purchasing Chevy Volt - you pay insane amount upfront _hoping_ that _maybe_ your car stays alive for maybe 15 years and you may be able to recoup that initial overpayment if you maybe drive often and long enough. I'm not buying that "fuel savings" marketing crap. Any new $9995 Hyundai Accent (current promotion in Canada for 2009 models) will save you TONS of cash AND tons of gas money at the same time. But you won't get any resemblance of safety of course. Accents just never been designed to be safe. Not their turf.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Lord 666 on 10/8/2008 2:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
Check out the pictures of the Taurus on my flickr page - http://www.flickr.com/photos/23386028@N08/page3/

In the child's seat was my friends 2.5 year old. He is now bi-laterally paralyzed. After this accident happened, sold my car for the Jetta as it has five star side impact and rear side airbags.

But as others said, no one plans to get into an accident. Its the position of responsible parents for us to do our best (within means) to protect the children at any and all costs. The Jetta TDI was only $1000 more than the standard motor.

Had the Passat offered a diesel option, the MB CDI in AWD, or the Accord with diesel and rear side airbags would have picked them up. We drive about 30,000 miles per year so filling up the tank once a week is nice for an average of 550 miles per tank leading to about $100 fuel savings per month regardless of fuel price.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Pirks on 10/8/2008 3:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
Why did he put his toddler's car seat NOT in the middle? Why did he put it next to the side door? Is he a careless person, or does his Taurus miss middle seat belt on the back seat?

BTW do you know that children can get life-threatening injuries if they sit next to the door (like in this Taurus you mentioned) and the door's side airbag goes off? If you place your child not in the middle of the back seat - be prepared for potentially catastrophic consequences.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Lord 666 on 10/8/2008 3:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
There was a booster seat not visible in the picture behind the driver. The booster and child's car seat didn't well fit together with the car seat in middle, so she moved the car seat behind passenger.

Tragic mistake and accident that changed my perspective on things as well.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Pirks on 10/8/2008 3:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, sh1t happens. I'm looking at your Taurus pics and now I know what I'll be eyeing for my wife's first car next year. 2004 Saab 9-3. Used to be the first safety gold pick at iihs.org way back in 2003. In fact a first car ever to get iihs.org gold pick award. Only six airbags tho... but too cheap to pass.


RE: This is why gas milage...
By clovell on 10/8/2008 4:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's crazy, man - I drive an 01 Taurus/ Just throwing this out there while we're on anectdotal stuff. A guy I knew back in college had the same car as me - down to the trim and color. He tries driving home one night toasted and end up taking a hairpin onramp too fast - offroads it off the embankment and flips four times before it's over with. The guy walked away from it without a scratch.

I've heard a lot of stuff about VW's reliability lately - you know anything about that?


RE: This is why gas milage...
By Lord 666 on 10/8/2008 6:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
Our particular Jetta has been reliable. Its never stranded us, but has been in the shop for minor things and overall more than the Accord it replaced.

Here is today's Wall Street Journal review of the 2009 Jetta TDI http://www.wsj.com/article/SB122289540716195651.ht... Doesn't get into safety, but presents an honest review of a decent car/powertrain. Just hope they do the same for the Passat or Tiguan and put the TDI motor in them.

In the long run, I would rather drive a car that is safer but needs a little more trips to the shop than a death trap service-free car.


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