New Ford Tech Helps Drivers On Windy Country Lanes

Wed 25th Mar 2020

The UK’s windy country lanes may be seen as a challenge to some wannabe rally drivers, but for many more they are a tricky route to be negotiated. That’s why Ford have developed a new technology which will keep your motor on track.

The recently developed ‘Road Edge Detection’ has been introduced to help driving in the country easier, by using a camera fitted in the rear-view mirror which can scan the road 50 metres ahead and gently steer the vehicle back on track if and when needed.

Britain has thousands of miles of picturesque country lanes, but they can also be unpredictable in nature with soft verges, ditches and hidden dangers – the journey can be even more hazardous in the dark.

By utilising an advanced algorithm and Ford’s Lane-Keeping Aid, the technology will ‘gently’ steer wayward vehicles back on track and if a driver is not responding to the adjustments the steering wheel will vibrate to alert the driver.

The ‘Road Edge Detection’ can also provide steering support where lane markings are hidden by snow, leaves or rain with headlights providing enough light for the technology to operate.

European Union data suggests that most road fatalities occur on rural roads and unlike urban areas, car occupants make up the biggest share of those fatalities.

“Rural roads can be every bit as challenging for drivers as urban streets – especially for those who may be unfamiliar with their route,” said Rüdiger Kieneke, engineer, Driver Assistance and Safety Electronics, Ford of Europe. “Road Edge Detection helps alleviate one concern to make journeys more comfortable and easier.”

The Road Edge Detection technology is now a standard feature on all new Focus, Kuga and Puma models.