Ford is currently developing technology that relieves driver stress levels in a traffic jam, as well as to aid parking and other driving tasks.
By keeping a vehicle centred in a lane, as well as keeping pace with the car in front by accelerating and braking autonomously, Ford's Traffic Jam Assist helps a driver with the task of road congestion.
The technology can be button-activated when a traffic jam is encountered, identifying the position of vehicles in front using a grille-mounted radar; and the location of lane markings using a front-facing camera behind the windscreen.
With a nod to safety, the driver is able to take over at any point by using the pedals, steering wheel or indicators. The system also monitors the driver's interaction with the steering wheel. If the system detects a lack of steering input, warning alarms will be signalled. The driver is therefore expected to be able to take control at all times.
Reid Steiger, technical expert, Automated Driving, Ford of Europe, said: "For many drivers, experiencing heavy traffic on the way to work can leave them stressed and angry, even before the work day begins. Traffic Jam Assist helps the driver maintain the distance to the vehicle ahead and helps to keep the vehicle centred in the lane. The system aims to reduce driver stress in dense traffic."
Meanwhile, Ford also offers Active Park Assist and Fully Assisted Parking Aid, which controls steering, gear selection and forward and reverse motion to allow 'push-button' parking assistance. The technology is available on current Ford models.
by: Oliver Harry