As much as the user is careful behind the wheel and takes all the precautions, there is a factor that causes accidents when changing lanes: the blind spot.
Although lane change is a routine maneuver, it happens that, many times, another vehicle can be hidden on one side when looking through the side mirrors; If the driver turns inadvertently, a risky situation arises that can lead to an accident.
This situation, better known as the blind spot, has tried to be corrected by automakers through two systems: one is the lane departure alert and the other is the blind spot monitor.
Thanks to these resources, the motorist is notified that a vehicle is driving on the side, warning that there is not enough space to change lanes.
What is Ford’s new proposal?
Ford has just introduced technology that complements the management of lane departure warning systems, which actively intervenes to help drivers avoid these types of accidents.
This new Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist, which makes its world debut in the new Ford Kuga, monitors the blind spot to detect vehicles approaching from behind and, in the event of anticipating the possibility of collision, slightly actuates the steering wheel to motivate the driver’s reaction and avoid a dangerous maneuver.
Unlike the conventional blind-spot alert or monitor, which only warns by means of light in one of the sides mirrors the presence of vehicles in this area with no visibility, the new Lane Maintenance System with Blind Spot Assistance goes further there.
In addition to generating the alert, this technology is capable of exerting gentle pressure on the steering wheel to prevent drivers from changing lanes and thus ending up in the path of another motorist.
To operate, the Kuga’s blind spot assist radar sensors to scan parallel lanes to search for vehicles up to 28 meters behind, 20 times per second, while the car travels at speeds between 65 km / h and 200 km / h. h.
Thanks to the front camera, the system monitors road markings; If it detects the intention to change lanes, and the technology calculates that this maneuver could lead to colliding with another vehicle, it intervenes automatically.