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Ford will be able to back itself into a parking space

SP 2016-11-04 01:32:06am

Ford Motor Co. said today that its next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will enable vehicles to automatically back into parking spaces, detect objects in the road to avoid collisions and prevent wrong-way driving.

Ford already offers a plethora of ADAS features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with land-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, driver monitoring, adaptive high-beam assist, blind spot alerts and advanced parallel parking assistance.

Ford offers the ADAS features on the Escape, Taurus, F-150, Fusion and Edge line of vehicles.

The new autonomous systems are part of the company's commitment to triple its investment in developing driver-assist technologies, Ford said.

"Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us," Scott Lindstrom, Ford's manager of driver-assist and active safety, said in a statement.

The new features will also allow next-generation Ford vehicles to avoid collisions when backing out of parking spaces. Called Cross Traffic Alert with Braking, the system uses rear-vehicle sensors to detect pedestrians or vehicles passing behind a car when the driver is backing out of a parking space and automatically sounds an alert and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond.

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