Remember being worried about the monsters in your closet or under your bed? Remember the terror you felt when the lights went out and everything went dark? Well, you probably thought you’d get over that as you got older. And you probably did. Until you had to start driving at night, that is. Research has shown that night-time driving fears top the list for many drivers, which is why Ford has worked hard to update and improve their pedestrian detection safety feature. Thanks to these improvements, you don’t have to worry about what’s down that dark road anymore, because you have Ford literally looking out for you.
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Ford’s pedestrian detection safety feature has long stood above any other pedestrian detection system from other automakers. But with the new improvements Ford has implemented, pedestrian detection now works even better at night, alleviating any concerns about hard-to-see pedestrians and other obstacles which may show up on a dark road at the last second. Ford’s pedestrian detection system processes information gathered by a radar installed in the bumper and a camera mounted on the windshield. Once the system detects an imminent collision with a pedestrian or other object, visual and audible warnings are set off. If you are unable to react in time, the system automatically applies the brakes. This new system will be unveiled on the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Mustang, before being rolled out to the rest of the new Ford lineup.
“We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience. Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians – sometimes distracted by mobiles – can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident. Day and night, pedestrian detection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.” – Gregor Allexi, Active Safety Engineer, Ford of Europe.
Ford’s updated pedestrian detection system isn’t the only thing that will keep you safe at night. Additional tips for driving at night include making sure you use your high beams when necessary and always ensuring your windows, mirrors and exterior lights are clean and free from debris.
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