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New blind spot assist technology from Ford could help to lower the risk of accidents that take place during lane changing,

08 Nov 2020 | International News : U.K.

It's a scenario many drivers will be familiar with, checking mirrors and surroundings before beginning a lane change only to find another vehicle has appeared behind or alongside - seemingly out of nowhere.

Switching lanes is a routine manoeuvre for regular expressway users, but even the most attentive drivers can sometimes fail to spot potentially hazardous situations developing, particularly in their blind spots. Failing to look properly or to judge another road user's speed or direction was a factor in more than half of road accidents.

Ford's new Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist is designed to better help drivers avoid blind spot collisions
Ford has introduced a new technology designed to help drivers avoid blind spot collisions while travelling on expressways. The technology monitors the driver's blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind, and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected.

The new Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist goes a step further - able to apply a gentle force to the steering wheel to discourage drivers from changing lanes into the path of another road user and guide the vehicle away from danger, and it is debuting on the new Ford Kuga.

The Blind Spot Assist radar sensors scan parallel lanes for vehicles up to 28m behind, 20 times per second, while driving at speeds from 64km/h to 200km/h. An intervention can be automatically activated if the control system senses a lane-change by monitoring road markings using the forward-facing camera, and the technology calculates that the two vehicles are on a collision course.

The Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist can intervene to help prevent collisions with vehicles approaching with a closing speed of up to approximately 29km/h.

The system can automatically apply the brakes when travelling at up to 29km/h to help prevent or mitigate head on collisions
Also making its global debut on the new Ford Kuga, Intersection Assist technology uses the vehicle's forward-facing camera, combined with radar, to monitor for potential collisions with oncoming vehicles in parallel lanes.

The technology can automatically apply the brakes when travelling at up to 29km/h to help prevent or mitigate the effects of accidents in scenarios where a driver is turning across the path of an oncoming vehicle, such as commonly encountered at crossroads or roundabouts.

And because the Intersection Assist system operates without the need to detect road furniture such as lane markings or kerbs, it can even intervene in carparks, worksites or other locations without clear markings or traffic priorities. Both systems can operate in daylight and in darkness with head lights activated.

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