Ford advances its automated-park and pedestrian-avoidance technologies

  • 10-Oct-2013 08:35 EDT
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Radar, ultrasonic sensing, and camera technologies scan the road up to 200 m (656 ft) ahead for a system called Obstacle Avoidance, which uses automated steering and braking to avoid a pedestrian or vehicle that is stopped or slowing in the lane ahead.

Ford is helping to make its vision of driverless parallel parking and pedestrian avoidance realities. The automaker demonstrated the two technologies to journalists earlier this week at its proving grounds in Lommel, Belgium. Fully Assisted Parking Aid is currently in the prototype stage and controls steering, gear selection, and forward and reverse motion. The system is activated by remote control or by the push of a button in the car. The button must be depressed for the duration of the parking maneuver. Ultrasonic sensors are used to identify parking spaces while the car is traveling at speeds up to 30 km/h (19 mph). The car can fit into a space just 20% longer than its own length. Obstacle Avoidance uses automated steering and braking to avoid a pedestrian or vehicle that is stopped or slowing in the lane ahead. Ford's work is part of a European research project called interactIVe that involves 29 partners. Radar, ultrasonic sensing, and camera technologies scan the road up to 200 m (656 ft) ahead. Visual and then audio warnings are first given when a potential collision is foreseen by the sensors. If they detect room to maneuver to one or the other side of the object or pedestrian, the vehicle is automatically slowed steered away.

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