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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 rudolphna on 10/8/2008 4:00:35 PM , Rating: 0
fuck vans =P I hate those things, they are ugly as helll, and cant tow much, and have no power. Ill take my Expedition with 230 horses over a Van anyday. Here is a great example. I have a family of 5, plus a german shepard. PLUS I have to haul luggage for said 5 people halfway across teh country for weeks, plus said dogs crate. AND towing a 22' boat or a Jeep Wrangler. What minivan can do THAT? Yeah, I love my expedition. ITs an 03, 4.6L V8 (232HP) 4WD. I love driving my car, its peppy, turns well, and is fun to drive. You feel like your driving a much smaller car..... Minivans just wont cut it for some people.

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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