Unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, was the Ford Edge Concept vehicle, which hosted a bevy of automated driving technologies. This included a prototype push-button and remote-operated parking feature. It takes the current Ford active park assist to the next level. It can find a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors. From inside, the driver pushes a button to activate the system; from outside the vehicle, fully assisted parking aid can be remotely activated, allowing customers to wait until the vehicle has pulled out of a tight parking spot before entering the vehicle.
Ford has also begun a research project related to advanced obstacle avoidance systems. The research-and-development vehicle has been able to issue warnings if it detects slow-moving or stationary obstacles in the same lane ahead. If the driver fails to steer or brake following the warnings, the system would automatically steer and brake the vehicle to avoid a collision.
Another new advancement is adaptive steering, which was born from the company’s electric power-assisted steering system, and controls the relationship between how much the driver turns the wheel and how much the road wheels turn. This means that low-speed steering – such as pulling into or out of a parking space – requires much less turning of the wheel.
Beyond these cool driving enhancements, the Edge Concept sports an athletic, sculpted design, and an EcoBoost® engine with a new high-tech application of active grille shutters that automatically open and close to maintain ideal engine operating temperature and maximize aerodynamic efficiency. There are also air curtains on the lower part of the fascia for even more efficiency. The air curtains and ducting are designed to guide air from the front of the vehicle, out through the front wheelwells and down the vehicle side.
“The Ford Edge Concept is the latest example of a utility vehicle that delivers the attributes global customers value most – design, fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, and customer-focused technology to help the driver feel more confident,” said Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of The Americas, Ford Motor Company.
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