New Ford Technology Hopes to Make Traffic Less Stressful
Ford Motor Company is in the business of making its customers overall driving experience top of the line. This experience starts at the dealership and will now extend to bumper-to-bumper traffic thanks to Ford expanding its cars’ self-driving capabilities in limited situations.
A new stop-and-go technology is available for the 2017 Fusion, which goes with the existing adaptive cruise control feature that can help drivers experience less stress on the road. When activated stop-and-go automatically accelerates and brakes for the driver while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
Using dedicated steering wheel buttons, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go allows drivers to set cruise control speed and following distance from the vehicle ahead. The semi-autonomous technology can automatically adjust the set speed for comfortable travel – much like a human driver would – bringing the car to a full stop when traffic halts. If the car has to stop for more than three seconds, the driver can tap the resume button or accelerator and the car returns to its preset speed. This assures the driver is paying attention in the event of a long pause in traffic.
The 2017 Fusion is the first Ford vehicle in North America to offer adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
The new Fusion will roll out to Ford dealers this spring.