Over the last few years, Ford has introduced some pretty impressive technology, including Active Park Assist and adaptive cruise control. Now Ford is previewing several new driving technologies that will make their cars safer and even more driver-friendly.
In 2010, Ford launched Active Park Assist, which helps drivers parallel-park their cars through ultrasonic sensors that measure a parking spot’s length and width to ensure the car will fit. The technology then uses the sensors to turn the car’s steering wheel to perfectly guide it into the spot. Ford also offers adaptive cruise control, which works as a typical cruise control, but uses sensors on the front of the car to maintain a set distance between itself and the car in front of it.
Now, Ford is building off of these technologies and is well on its way to creating a self-driving car. The first technology the automaker has previewed is a new Active Park Assist system that will automatically perpendicular-park itself at the push of a button. This new system will also beep when it has found the perfect sized parking space.
Even further into the future, Ford plans to reveal a Traffic Jam Assist, which will serve as an autopilot when a driver is in traffic. This system would take over control of the steering, brakes, and throttle to keep the car in its lane and gently speed up or slow down depending on the traffic. The automaker predicts that this technology will be available in 2017 at the earliest.
While these technologies are not available today, Ford’s look into the future certainly shows the exciting direction the automaker is heading in!