How Do Ford’s Lane-Keeping and Blind Spot Information Systems Work?
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed bad driver or just looking for some added security behind the wheel, Ford Co-Pilot360 gives drivers a safer way to get from point A to point B. The suite comes loaded with five standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams and a rearview camera, plus an array of available features. Interested in the technology that’s behind it all? Learn about how some of these systems function in this overview of the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite’s Blind Spot Information and Lane-Keeping systems.
How does the Ford Co-Pilot360 Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert Work?
BLIS is designed to help detect vehicles that have entered the driver’s blind spot zone. The system does so using radar sensors located behind the rear bumper fascia on each side of the vehicle. The detection area extends from the exterior mirrors to about 10 feet beyond the bumper on both sides. When the system is triggered, BLIS will illuminate a yellow alert indicator on the corresponding exterior mirror.
When the driver shifts to reverse, BLIS deactivates and the system enters Cross Traffic Alert mode. Cross Traffic Alert mode uses those same radar sensors to detect approaching vehicles up to 45 feet away while backing up. When the Cross Traffic Alert system is triggered, it will illuminate a yellow alert indicator on the corresponding exterior mirror, show a warning message on the driver’s information display and sound a series of tones.
How does Ford Co-Pilot360 Lane-Keeping System Work?
Ford’s Lane-Keeping System is designed to help drivers stay centered in their lane. The system works using a camera mounted behind the vehicle’s rearview mirror to monitor lane markings on the road ahead and detect unintentional drifting. How the system reacts when it detects an unintentional drift depends on the driver-selected mode setting.
Alert Mode—Warns the driver with a steering wheel vibration when unintentional drifting is detected.
Aid Mode—Applies steering torque to direct the vehicle back to the center of the lane when unintentional drifting is detected.
Alert + Aid Mode—Applies steering torque to direct the vehicle back to the center of the lane when unintentional drifting is detected. If the vehicle continues to drift out of the lane, the system will warn the driver with steering wheel vibrations.
The system even keeps track of how often your vehicle veers from its lane and displays a coffee cup icon on the information display when it may be time to take a break.
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