Ford Motor Company Impacts Auto Industry
Part of being in the auto industry is coming up with the most innovative and cutting-edge technology to advance vehicles in successful safety features. Ford recently introduced a new technology that will read speed limit signs and other road restrictions and automatically slow a vehicle.
New models of the Ford S-Max, a minivan that it originally produced for the European market and first went on sale in 2006, will encompass the new system, Intelligent Speed Limiter feature.
The system will enable drivers to set a maximum vehicle speed, which is then automatically adjusted according to information from ISL that uses a windshield-mounted camera to read road signs. This informs the driver as well as uses an electronic system to reduce the vehicle accelerator mechanism rather than apply the brakes.
If the driver exceeds the max speed limit, a warning sound will go off alerting the driver. Drivers can also temporarily override the system by firmly pressing down on the accelerator pedal.
Though the Intelligent Speed Limiter feature will launch only in Europe for now, but it could eventually migrate to the U.S. in the future, Ford released in a statement.
“Ford already currently has semi-autonomous technologies on the road, including Lane Keeping, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Pre-Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information System and Active Park Assist. The intent of the Intelligent Speed Limiter appears to be helping motorists avoid tickets.”
A Minor Setback With 200,000 vehicle Recall
Ford Explorer SUVs from the 2011 to 2013 model years to fix doors from flying open in side impacts, increasing the risk of injury. Ford stated that more than 18,000 of the vehicles are in Canada and Mexico. 195,000 Ford Taurus sedans (model years 2010 to 2013) and Lincoln MKS luxury cars (model years 2011 to 2013) were recalled for the same problem earlier this year.
6,500 F-Series Super Duty ambulances with 6.7 liter diesel engines were recalled to fix exhaust gas temperature sensors that may cause the vehicle to incorrectly identify a high temperature reading.
1,725 Lincoln MKT hearses and limos that have a faulty vacuum pump relay that could result in a fire beneath the hood.
You can visit this article for a brief list of detailed recalls Ford has announced recently regarding safety regulations of its vehicles. You might also want to check out Ford’s official website to search your vehicle for any other recalls you might’ve missed.