Search form

Last updated: 3 min 58 sec ago

You are here

Corporate News

Is your car judging you? If so, that could be a good thing

While it will probably still be a few years until self-driving cars take to the streets, the vehicles we drive today already have semi-autonomous and driver assistance features in place. These advanced technologies are designed to detect less-than-ideal driving conditions before the driver even realizes he needs a helping hand.
Judgmental cars can actually help make you a better driver, or offer potentially life-saving warnings for unforeseen hazards.
Here are five technologies listed by Ford that will “help make driving safer and less stressful.”
Driver Alert System
The situation: The car is veering between lane markings.
The judgment: This driver may be distracted or dozing off.
The action: Warns the driver of his faltering vigilance level.
Ford’s Driver Alert System judges the driver’s vigilance level by measuring the car’s position within the lane and the yaw (or rotation) rate of the car.
Collision Warning Technology
The situation: The driver is in fast-moving traffic, there is the potential for a collision with the vehicle in front.
The judgment: This driver needs help to brake in time to prevent a potential collision.
The action: Warns the driver to enable faster braking, even pre-charges brakes to increase sensitivity.
Active Braking Technology
The situation: The driver is driving at slower speeds in traffic, and does not step on the brakes quickly enough to deal with situations like a car in front suddenly changing into his lane, or stopping abruptly for a red light.
The judgment: This driver is approaching the vehicle ahead with the distance critically reducing and not enough force is being applied to brakes.
The action: Autonomously applies the brakes.
Electronic Stability Programme
The situation: The driver swerves quickly, causing the car to lose traction.
The judgment: This driver needs help regaining control of his car.
The action: Automatically applies the brakes and adjusts engine torque to help the driver regain control.
Lane Keeping System
The situation: The driver is drifting out of his lane and is not indicating.
The judgment: This driver, most likely distracted, is unintentionally veering into neighboring lanes.
The action: Warns the driver of the lane departure and steers him back to his current lane if he does not respond.
While it will probably still be a few years until self-driving cars take to the streets, the vehicles we drive today already have semi-autonomous and driver assistance features in place. These advanced technologies are designed to detect less-than-ideal driving conditions before the driver even realizes he needs a helping hand.
Judgmental cars can actually help make you a better driver, or offer potentially life-saving warnings for unforeseen hazards.
Here are five technologies listed by Ford that will “help make driving safer and less stressful.”
Driver Alert System
The situation: The car is veering between lane markings.
The judgment: This driver may be distracted or dozing off.
The action: Warns the driver of his faltering vigilance level.
Ford’s Driver Alert System judges the driver’s vigilance level by measuring the car’s position within the lane and the yaw (or rotation) rate of the car.
Collision Warning Technology
The situation: The driver is in fast-moving traffic, there is the potential for a collision with the vehicle in front.
The judgment: This driver needs help to brake in time to prevent a potential collision.
The action: Warns the driver to enable faster braking, even pre-charges brakes to increase sensitivity.
Active Braking Technology
The situation: The driver is driving at slower speeds in traffic, and does not step on the brakes quickly enough to deal with situations like a car in front suddenly changing into his lane, or stopping abruptly for a red light.
The judgment: This driver is approaching the vehicle ahead with the distance critically reducing and not enough force is being applied to brakes.
The action: Autonomously applies the brakes.
Electronic Stability Programme
The situation: The driver swerves quickly, causing the car to lose traction.
The judgment: This driver needs help regaining control of his car.
The action: Automatically applies the brakes and adjusts engine torque to help the driver regain control.
Lane Keeping System
The situation: The driver is drifting out of his lane and is not indicating.
The judgment: This driver, most likely distracted, is unintentionally veering into neighboring lanes.
The action: Warns the driver of the lane departure and steers him back to his current lane if he does not respond.

MORE FROM Corporate News