New Ford tech limits speed, detects pedestrians & adapts steering

speeedlimiterfordThe new Ford S-MAX has new ADAS technology to prevent speeding, prevent collisions with pedestrians and better steering for specific situations.

Ford has another idea to prevent speeding on the road with “Intelligent Speed Limiter.” The system uses speed limits from traffic signs and data from navigation systems to warn drivers of speed limits in the instrument cluster.

The system also is energy-efficient because instead of hitting the brakes it sets speed by controlling the fuel.

Ford notes that Intelligent Speed Limiter can automatically help prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits driving in their own country, and while driving abroad.

Intelligent Speed Limiter combines the manually Adjustable Speed Limiter to a set a maximum speed with Traffic Sign Recognition that gives drivers with the latest detected speed limit, cancellation signs and other cautions on the instrument cluster display.

If the car has onboard navigation, Intelligent Speed Limiter also uses map data for improved accuracy.

Intelligent Speed Limiter allows drivers to set a speed tolerance of up to 5 mph above the detected speed limit.

If the S‑MAX overruns the set maximum speed because of a downhill gradient, an alarm is sounded. Drivers can temporarily override the system by pressing firmly on the accelerator.

Adaptive Steering

Ford Adaptive Steering makes it easier to get around at low speeds and in tight spaces, and provides a more precise and intuitive feel at high speeds. The system adapts the steering wheel for situations.

Steering wheel settings can set to S-MAX’s “comfort,” “normal” and “sport”.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection detects people in or near the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes if a potential collision is detected and the driver does not respond to warnings to audible and visual warnings.
Information from the windshield-mounted camera, and bumper, is processed and checked against a database of “pedestrian shapes” to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.Pre-Collision Assist also checks for vehicles if a collision is detected it can automatically apply the brakes to help the driver mitigate or avoid many types of rear-end collision.limitations for Pre-Collision Assist include nighttime, harsh lighting, cyclists, vehicles moving in a different direction and harsh weather conditions.

The Ford S-Max will be released in Europe in the summer, if the new features are popular they may be released in the United States.