A Ford logo sign stands in front of Serramonte Ford on May 1, 2013 in Colma, California. Ford Motor Co. reported a 18 percent surge in April sales that was fueled by its best April for truck sales since April 2005. Sales of the F-150 pickup were up 24 percent compared to one year ago.
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Ford has been reported to add a new technological feature to 2018 Mustang and F-150 vehicles. The feature is a pedestrian detection system that is said to be able to see in the dark.
2018 Mustang and F-150 get pedestrian detection system with night vision. The American car manufacturer already offers a pedestrian detection system in their vehicles. However, the new pedestrian detection system that Ford recently announced will come with night vision.
Back in 2015, it should be noted that three out of a reported four pedestrian deaths in the United States happened in the dark. This new feature would be able to prevent such deaths from happening.
The new pedestrian detection system with night vision will utilize radar found in the vehicle's bumper as, well as, camera mounted on the windshield. It will have the ability to differentiate trees, road signs, and the like from other objects on the road. The system will be able to pick out pedestrians at night with the help headlights from other vehicles along with a live video feed and a viewing angle.
Once a pedestrian is detected, a series of audible and visual warnings will be set off for the driver to respond to. However, if the driver fails to, the vehicle will automatically stop to prevent an accident from occurring.
Speaking about the new feature, Ford of Europe dynamic safety engineer Gregor Allexi said, "We know some drivers find hitting the road around evening time an upsetting or stressful experience Particularly driving in towns and urban communities, pedestrian - sometimes distracted by mobiles - can without notice step into the street, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident."
The American car manufacturer tested out the feature by throwing life-sized dummies onto the path of the equipped vehicles at night. The tests were conducted on open streets in both Amsterdam and Paris.