Ford's New Driver Assistance System: No Road Marking Needed Now

Ford’s Road Edge Detection will help drivers avoid going beyond the boundaries of the roadbed if there are no markings on it.

Modern cars are literally stuffed with various driver assistance systems. They make your trip more comfortable and safer, as they allow you to avoid many difficult situations on the roads. However, progress does not stand still, so manufacturers regularly develop new options and improve old systems.

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For example, Ford has developed a new driver assistance system called Road Edge Detection. It is able to determine the boundaries of the roadway, regardless of whether it is marked or not, and to steer up if necessary. This system is especially relevant on rural roads, in conditions of poor visibility and at night. After all, even the most experienced driver under such conditions can easily lose the borders of the road and go to the side of the road or fly into a ravine.

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Road Edge Detection runs at 70-112 km/h. Using a camera located under the rearview mirror, it tracks the edges of the road at a distance of 50 meters in front of the car and 7 meters on both sides of it. The system has an advanced algorithm that determines the structure of the roadbed and immediately responds to changes. If the car is still close to the edge of the road after initial steering support, the system will warn the driver about the risk of going to the side of the road by using the steering wheel vibration. It can also provide steering support on paved roads when the markings are hidden by snow, leaves, or rain.

Initially, the new system will be used in the Ford Focus, Kuga and Puma. It will be available as an additional option for the company’s other cars in the future.

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