Early Look at Some of the 2013 Ford Fusion Technology
DEC
30

The 2013 Ford Fusion will officially debut in January, but we’ve got the scoop on some new technology making its first appearance on a mainstream midsize sedan in North America.

Lane Keeping System (or LKS) is, simply put, designed to help you stay inside the lines, and we know that’s of much importance not only when coloring, but while driving! LKS is set up to alert and assist if your vehicle drifts out of the lane. It recognizes the problem via a windshield-mounted digital camera that detects lane markers and the vehicle’s position on the road. Three levels of assistance help in real time: Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid and Driver Alert.

Once vehicle speed is above 40 mph and lane markers are clearly visible on the road, an icon that looks like a car between two lanes lights up green in the instrument cluster to indicate the system has been enabled. LKS takes advantage of the electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) used in the new Fusion to provide a vibrating alert to you before gently steering the car back into the lane if you don’t respond.

When the system detects the vehicle is approaching the edge of the lane without a turn signal activated, the lane marker in the icon turns yellow and the steering wheel vibrates to simulate driving over rumble strips. If you don’t respond and continue to drift, the lane icon turns red and EPAS will nudge the steering and the vehicle back toward the center of the lane. If the vehicle continues to drift, the vibration is added again along with the nudge. You can overcome assistance and vibration at any time by turning the steering wheel, accelerating or braking.

Michael Kane, Ford Development Engineer, explained that LKS “keeps track of behavior over a longer period while driving. If a driver is tired, this can often be detected by the car constantly drifting back and forth across the road.” You can monitor whether the system is detecting behavior consistent with drowsy driving with an alert gauge in the instrument cluster that features a steaming cup of coffee. In other words, consider taking a break. If you don’t take one and the system detects a driving pattern consistent with being tired, an audible chime and a visual alert will suggest you stop and rest. If the same conditions persist and you don’t stop, a second, more assertive warning will be issued. As soon as you stop and shut off the engine or opens the door, the monitor resets its information.

Michael added, “We’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring the accuracy of the lane detection and the smoothness of the assist.” The LKS  technology will also be available on the Explorer in 2012, and Ford intends to offer LKS on more of its vehicles over the next several years.

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40 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Hopefully this technology will be on every Ford/Lincoln Vehicle
2 year(s) ago via
This technology should be in every ford vehicle not only the fusion! it's still pretty awesome idea.
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Krekelberg What's plural for Taurus? Is it Tauri?
2 year(s) ago via
Anthony Garacci need gps in all cars and trucks also and needlonger warrenties on all ford cars and trucks
2 year(s) ago via
Anthony Garacci need to put on star in all trucks and cars
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Barefoot Hey Ford ! I feel this was the next progression from *Bliss that is on my "11 Fusion. I won't own another car without it. So ..... OK Ford Engineers I guess you know what I want on my Transit Connect.
2 year(s) ago via
Christopher Carranza I second that!
2 year(s) ago via
William Courtland It requires a new type of power supply. I would suggest a test system: releasing a new type of fueling system to a vehicle: as allowing a pre-bottled format of hydrogen to be sold in a short market franchise: such as Pioneer Petroleums in Ontario: and allowing a sort and vending of these screw in canisters: that range in size from a Five hundred milileter bottle, to a five leter canister: or of Mol weighting, and so sold to the consumer to work in hydrogen fuel cell systems: as a secondary power system above crude oil engines. Thus the Hybrid: is a clean hybrid. Selling also: A range of utility devices: such as hydrogen canister run mowers and weed eaters: allowing for cylinder standards for domestic market viabilities for replacement from all sources accross automotive manufactures to open sale at all fuel vendors by national standardization by government facilitations(such as the mandated difference in gasoline or diesel nozzles and the refilling openings of the gasoline tanks.-- and offering a range of intercity or urban vehicles like golf carts, motorized skateboards, and mopeds, to recreational vehicles such as ATV's and off-road bikes. All run with a similar hydrogen canister assembly fueling system: where a canister goes in and stays in: then is unscrewed and replaced with an unpunctured/yet-unused one.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
fordman get over it
2 year(s) ago via
shellby bretschneider Awesome!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Totally awesome! I sell Fords and this is an exciting feature
2 year(s) ago via
Matthew Amack Fusion should make a 5.0 liter SVT model!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shakthi Smile feel the difference..!ford best company
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ellen Bachorski I want one! But I have to win it to get it, where and when is the first give away?
2 year(s) ago via
Muhummed Al-Salhi Thinks .. FOrd (:
2 year(s) ago via
Craig Whitechurch I hope they put that technology into Australian vehicles. Go Ford.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Al Menard I really hope that this feature is totally defeatable as I don't want it and don't want to pay for it. This may be the one thing that prevents me from buying the new Fusion or any other Ford if this feature is in it. I appreciate the safety factor of this feature but enough with the "electronic nannies" already.
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie Morneau thats a stupid reason to dump a perfectly good car. If they didn't make it in Mexico, the mexicans wouldn't have jobs, and then they would just sneak over here, and get on welfare. Ford is moving production over here soon anyway. So keep your car, and take good care of it, and in a few years you can trade it in on another more modern an inovative Ford model.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jason Hubbard i dont like my fusion one one reason its made in mexico i thought it was made in the U.S.A i wanna support U.S.A autoworkers not mexico so as soon as i can iam dumpping the thing
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
I sure hope you did not move the gas door to the passenger side!!
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie Morneau As I've said before, Ford leads, and everyone else follows!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lori L. Clark Oh sure. I just bought a 2012. LOL
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Pamela Moses Have been considering buying one but will now wait for this technology!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Biedrzycki Neat tech but the graphics are a little plain.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Chace now thats really cool, i wonder how long it will drive without touching the wheel?????
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brendon Stafford BuiLt ford tough!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liz Kass I love my Fusion!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joel Alexander M Bring back the Crown Victoria! :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Webb It seems like a good idea, BUT what we need is to get rid of bad drivers, not hide their inability with electronics
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Flo King hey my ford was made in MEXICO. still running gd it's a 1994 ford excort just a little rust starting to show around bk tire walls. was told they dip them better there then around here. np
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mohamad-Wajih Farhat Idk this might be a little annoying, if there are no cars around me I lane change without signal
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Al Basinger I will get one after they are made in Flat Rock (& not Mexico) !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Claudio Bauw tag your it ;....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Baxter My 2011 Fusion S model from work is getting 32 in combined driving...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Whitener Ford Rules the Road-
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Conrad FORD RULES
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Al Basinger Why can't we get clean diesel techonology with 50mpg ? You had diesels in the escort back in the 80's that got over 40-50 on the hwy. Didn't you guys get anything out of owning Volvo ? Make it a 2 -2.5 liter and 170hp w/ a ton of torque. BMW is bringing it out, so is Chevy.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Lomas I guess you guys need to change your slogan again from, "Drive one" to "Let one drive for you"? Because... where's the fun in driving?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Luke Wooldridge awesome! i want one! any exterior shots before Detroit? i cant wait to see it and the new shelby!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paula Parks Took my 2010 Fusion Sport across Texas during the holidays. Got 33 MPH on the highway!!!! WOW!!! Love ya, FORD!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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