The vision of making driving easy and safe with minimum human intervention is gradually becoming a reality. Several car manufacturers are developing autonomous and semi-autonomous systems and constantly making efforts for their successful implications in the real life conditions. And the American automaker Ford is one of them, which is already offering semi-autonomous features like Lane Keeping and Driver Assistance Systems on its passenger vehicles.
Now, Ford is working on an emergency steering system called ‘Evasive Steering Assist’. This semi-autonomous technology speeds up the steering in an emergency situation when there isn’t enough space for the vehicle to stop and avoid collision. The functioning of this system is similar to the autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Though, this system interferes only when driver decides to take evasive action. There is a camera and radar that sense deceleration rate of the car in relation to its front, and speed up the steering to change direction of the car as per the available space.
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Peter Zegelaar, Ford’s automatic driving and brake controls technical expert, describes, “As soon as the driver tries to steer around a slower car in an emergency, evasive steering assist activates to help execute the evasive manoeuvre by making it easier to perform quick steering movements.”
Besides the Evasive Steering Assist system, Ford is also developing autonomous active park assist, advanced traffic sign recognition and traffic alert systems. Ford’s traffic sign recognition system will not only stop drivers enter the pathways in the wrong direction, but adjust the headlight beam width at traffic junctions with respects to traffic signs as well. Its traffic alert system is an application that awares approaching traffic when driver might not be able to see it.