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Ford Tests New Vehicles That Can Park Themselves
New technology allows the new Ford vehicles to avoid obstacles and park with no input from the driver
The Ford safety and convenience systems are part of the general trend in the auto industry toward greater automation of cars and preventative safety technology. The Ford Focus (http://www.ahford.com/
Initially, the accident avoidance system will simply warn the driver that a hazard has been detected. If no action is taken, the Ford Obstacle Avoidance technology will step in and apply the brakes and even take over steering duties in order to dodge a potential catastrophe. So far, Ford has tested the system at speeds up to 38 mph—that number is higher than some other similar systems from luxury makers like Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti that rely solely on brakes to avoid accidents.
The Ford Obstacle Detection System might be a few years off, but the Active Park Assist is probably closer on the horizon. This system takes parking assistance to another level—in fact it’s not parking assistance, since the car can just handle parking all together. The auto park feature consistently slides safely into spots only 20 percent longer than the vehicle—much smaller than the space most drivers can squeeze into.
To find out more about the latest technology from Ford, interested drivers can visit Arlington Heights Ford at 801 W. Dundee Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL (http://www.ahford.com/