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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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By andrinoaa on 10/8/2008 5:11:40 PM , Rating: 0
Another "brainy" mantra from you fit, "Anti-lock brakes are known for being dangerous in the winter."
I would like to know were the fuck you got this notion.
It shows complete and utter lack of understanding. It beggars belief that you would even say stupid things like this. I suggest you stop acting like a three year old and get an education before opening your mouth again. People here are now laughing at YOU!
I think these developments are long over due. Any death on the roads is a tragedy, anything that can stop drivers from making stupid decisions is good news.

By FITCamaro on 10/9/2008 9:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
And you seem to assume I care what people on the internet think of me.

I agree that road deaths are tragic. Is it so wrong to think though that instead of pouring billions of dollars into safety systems which only add cost, complexity, and weight to our vehicles, we should perhaps instead focus on improving the quality of our drivers so they are unneeded?

Do I mind ABS existing? No. Do I mind airbags existing? No. Do I think we need warning systems of an impending collision? No. You should already know that because you are supposed to be paying attention to the road first and foremost.

By andrinoaa on 10/10/2008 3:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yea right FIt, same as sex education, just say no. Ignorance is bliss all right.

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