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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 Chaser on 10/8/2008 1:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
As a driver that was hit head on by an uninsured janitor driving home from a Ford Truck Plant (I might add), she turned right in front of me at a green light was I was legally going through 45 MPH. Her excuse? She was tired after work. Those "safety" devices saved my live. Everything deployed and the only thing that happened was my forehead got a knot from hitting the steering wheel. The small subcompact performed incredibly by absorbing most of the crash energy. As a result the car was totaled.

The moral here is that you're only as good as the worst driver on the road. Every time you get behind the wheel you subject or rather trust yourself to the lowest denominator and in many circumstances no amount of driving skill is going to save you.

As far as your post goes, I don't think I've read anything so stupid in a while. In this case Darwin has failed. Please have insurance.

Driving is convenient, sometimes fun but also can be dangerous. Anything the manufacturers can do to make it more safe is not a bad thing at all.


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