Ford Motor Company has released details on the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport that will help protect your car and your wallet from damaging potholes, thanks to a new computer-controlled shock absorbers.
Engineers from Ford say this advanced program will “significantly reduce the unpleasant feeling one gets when driving down a pothole-riddled road.”
Here’s how it will work: Onboard computers analyze multiple signals collected from 12 high-resolution sensors – adjusting the dampers every two milliseconds for the best vehicle response in every situation. When the edge of a pothole is detected, the car’s computer adjusts the dampers faster than the blink of an eye to their stiffest settings so the wheel doesn’t fall as far into the pothole. Because the tire and wheel don’t drop as far, they don’t strike the opposite side of the pothole as harshly. The rear suspension can respond even faster, with a signal from the front wheel providing a pre-warning to the rear wheel well before it reaches the pothole.
The Fusion V6 Sport is the first mid-size sedan in its class to offer this technology. Both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry do not offer an advanced suspension system.
You can begin to see the all-new Fusion V6 Sport with continuously controlled damping and pothole mitigation technology arriving at Ford dealerships later this summer.