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Ford and his obsessions for safety

All global automakers are working very hard to conceive of vehicles more safe & the American Ford has always been committed to develop innovative technological approaches to active and passive safety.

The tour "The Future of Security" Ford Canada

She stopped in Montreal on Friday. Unfortunately, it was an extremely rainy day accompanied by strong winds to the organizers of this event. Which could not but affect the number of journalists present who had been invited to cover the meeting which promised more interesting.

But, as nothing stops me almost, I got all the same made at the invitation of Ford Canada. Honestly, I must also tell you that I already had another appointment that day planned it in the same sector.

As its name suggests so, the tour "The Future of Security" Ford Canada was a great opportunity to discover the most recent innovations manufacturer in matters of security. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Andy Sarkisin, head of strategies and development of security at Ford Canada has been a real pleasure to explain in details the different technical and technological approaches in matters of security for motorists. 

Approaches that aim to prevent collisions, if not protect ourselves as best as possible when an accident occurs. It is also a more than convincing evidence that these items very sophisticated security are no longer exclusive to prestige vehicles and very expensive. Today, many of its components are already security offered in the new Ford Fiesta cars such economic said. Some are offered in series or other optional ... 

Moreover Some of these approaches in matters of security:

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First inflatable safety belts Industry

-     Ford introduced the all inflatable safety belts First production. They are designed to provide better protection for occupants of rear seats, often children or more elderly and therefore more vulnerable to head injuries, a chest and neck.

-     The inflatable rear seat belts will make their debut in the 2011 Ford Explorer that production will commence in 2010. Ford eventually plans to offer inflatable seat belts in the other vehicles around the world.

-     Inflatable belts Ford disperse collision forces on a region of five times greater than in the case of traditional belts body. It thus helps to reduce the pressures exercised on the chest, while limiting the movement of the head and neck of passengers seated in the back.

-    Over 90% of research participants Ford argue that these inflatable belts are equally or more comfortable than traditional belts, which could increase the frequency of reduced use of back belts.

Airbag next generation

-     The all-new 2012 Ford Focus will offer an exclusive range of innovative airbags that help customize protection in the case of lateral and frontal collisions the most common.

-    Focus launches air bag driver side next generation with technology enhanced chest protection designed to reduce injuries and chest dimensions.

-    These innovative airbags enhance chest protection of occupants of front seats thanks to the events shoulders. They offer varied levels of protection, depending on the size of the occupant and how their shoulder blocks the event.

-    Focus will be the very first Ford car to offer an airbag breakdown adaptive front passenger side. It is designed to improve the protection of the head and neck better adapted force deployment to the size of the occupant.

-    These next generation air bags will make their debut in equipment series, the all-new Ford Focus, which goes on sale in North America in early 2011. These new airbags appear in other Ford vehicles in the coming years .

Control of the speed curve

-    Ford still has the forefront in matters of security thanks to innovations in prevention of collisions as the control of the speed curve, which will be launched with the all new 2011 Ford Explorer. Additionally, this technology will be available in 90% crossover vehicles, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans Ford North American 2015.

-     Control of the speed curve is designed to help drivers to control their vehicle if they initiate a turn too high speed.

-     This technology detects if a vehicle turning a corner too quickly and can activate an "intelligent" four-wheel braking to reduce vehicle speed by up to 16 km / h (10 mi / h) in about one second, helping the driver stay on the planned trajectory.

-     The system will be offered in the new series 2011 Ford Explorer, part of a series of security technologies for the reinvented SUV, including premieres inflatable rear seat belts on the market.

Ford MyKey system

-     MyKey ®, another innovation of the company which has launched SYNC ®, henceforth allows parents to limit the speed of the vehicle and the volume of the audio chain so to encourage teens to drive more safely, while improving the fuel economy .

-     The MyKey system will be offered with several series of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

-     MyKey allows parents to program any key does what through the message center that puts the vehicle also update the system SecuriLock IMMOBILISER. When the key MyKey is inserted into the starter, the system interrogates the transponder chip in the key and immediately recognizes the MyKey code, which activates certain default driving modes, including:

-     The Minder ® seat belts BeltMinder tougher with mute the audio chain. In general, this system of seatbelt safety triggers a warning chime for six seconds every minute, and for five minutes. With MyKey, the chime sounds BeltMinder at regular intervals and audio chain works muted until the belt is fastened. Audio message indicating to buckle the seatbelt to listen chain also appears on the message center dash.

-     Precocious warning Low fuel level. Instead of preventing the driver that the fuel level is 80 km (50 mi) of the dry down, MyKey rather warns the 120 km (75 mi).

-     If MyKey is in the ignition switch, the characteristics such as parking assistance and alarm detection blind spot (BLIS ®) with Cross Traffic Alert can not be deactivated.

-     Other features MyKey can be programmed through the setup menu of the message center:

        - The top speed is limited to 130 km / h (80 mi / h).

        - Traction control, which limits wheel spin can not be deactivated.

        - Audio volume of the string is limited to 44 percent of its maximum.

        - A warning chime sounds speed 75, 90 or 105 km / h (45, 55 or 65 mi / h).

        - Using MyKey to show teens to avoid the speeding can also provide another benefit - improved fuel economy. Ford research has shown that driving 88 km / h (55 mi / h) instead of 105 km / h (65 mi / h) consumes 15 percent less fuel. Also adopt fuel-efficient driving habits, such as avoiding the fast starts and excessive idling can improve the fuel economy of more than 50 percent.

Active Park

-     The new active parking assistance system helps drivers to park in parallel at the touch of a button and without ever touching the steering wheel.

-     It was launched in the Ford Escape, the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT in mid-2009 and it will appear in the new Ford Explorer.

-     This technology uses an ultrasonic detection system and electric power steering to position the vehicle for parallel parking - the electric power steering improves the fuel economy up to 5 percent, while reducing the CO2 emissions by improving the efficiency and management compared to traditional hydraulic power steering systems.

Adaptive cruise speed and Collision Warning with Brake Support

-     The adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support - the system has active safety radar Ford - help drivers to prevent the rear collisions.

-     This system uses radar to detect the presence of a moving vehicle in front and warns the driver of danger with the assistance of an alarm and a witness. In addition, the system automatically prepares the brakes and activates an electronic brake assist function to help the driver stop quickly. 

-     The adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, as well as alarm detection blind spot (BLIS ®) with Cross Traffic Alert - available since 2009 - are all active technologies launched by Ford, 

Technologies for the prevention of collision radar

-     In 2010, Ford doubled the number of models with the system before collision prevention with advanced radar. It integrates the adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.

-     This next generation system, in addition to the Ford Explorer, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX 2011 is programmable according to the preferences of multiple drivers and is displayed graphically in a more user friendly interface.

-     The Blind Spot Information (BLIS ®) system with Cross Traffic Alert also uses radar technology to check the blind spot defined and thus prevent the conductor cross traffic when backing from a parking space.

Source: Ford Canada

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