Ford Debuts Curve Control Tech on 2011 Explorer
The system senses when this happens and at that moment reduces engine torque and increases breaking pressure, slowing the vehicle by up to 10 mph in about one second. The new system will be fitted as standard on the 2011 Ford Explorer, but will further be featured on other crossovers, sport utilities, trucks and vans in the US by 2015.
“Too many accidents stem from drivers misjudging their speed going into curves and freeway off- and on-ramps,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Ford’s Curve Control technology senses a potentially dangerous situation and reduces power and applies brakes more quickly than most drivers can react on their own.”
Curve Control is based on Ford’s AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and uses sensors that measure roll rate, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, wheel speed and steering wheel angle, to run calculations 100 times per second.
“These new active systems designed to prevent accidents are the perfect complement for Ford’s leading passive safety systems – such as advanced airbags and high-strength vehicle structures – that protect occupants when a crash is inevitable,” Paul Mascarenas, Ford vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development, said in a release.
Other technologies to be featured on the 2011 Explorer include next-generation adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, pressure-based airbag technology, inflatable rear seat belts and four-wheel-drive terrain management system.
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