Ford touts driving technology for scary LA traffic conditions
LA -- Ford Motor Co. took its freedom technology roadshow to L.A., touting semi-sovereign driving characteristics in a town recognized for its terrifying driving conditions.
The truth is , the automaker stressed the problems of SoCal's legendarily awful traffic on Monday by releasing the outcomes of a survey -- performed by market-research company Penn Schoen Berland -- that revealed 26% of Angelenos worried backing out their automobiles onto a hectic road. That was more than the 16% who stated they were frightened by phantoms.
Ford, finishing its five-town Ford intelligent Freedom Tour, gave automotive journalists an opportunity to test drive driver-support characteristics where motorists could possibly parallel park or back into a parking spot that is perpendicular to the roadway without touching the controls. Detectors on versions including the 2015 Ford Edge cross over signal to the motorist in which a place can be obtained and when the motorist must engage the fuel or brake pedal, enabling a hands free encounter parking the car.
The business also showed off its professional Trailer Backup help attribute which is on the 2016 Ford f150 pickup and facilitates the the process of backing-up an automobile having a trailer attached.
The Ford intelligent Mobility Tour started Aug. 27 and contained occasions in Louisville, Orlando, Seattle and Denver.
Ford also hosted a dialogue panel on urban freedom problems that comprised Los Angeles city coordinator Claire Bowin and UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor.
Mike Tinskey, Ford's manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, said Ford's semi-sovereign-driving vehicle features including parking aid, adaptive cruise-control and lane care represent what he called "a continuum" of slow enhancements towards self-driving automobiles.
"Connectivity will be a large enabler that transcends through several options," Tinskey mentioned on Monday's panel dialogue. "We see L.A. outside before these tendencies."
Tinskey said Ford is also examining a attribute called Parking Spotter, which he mentioned could ultimately be added to Ford's car line. That attribute uses ultrasonic detectors to the moving vehicle's outside to see and record accessible parking spots. That information may be transmitted into a cloud-based storage program, which other Ford drivers could get via an program to get a realtime map of accessible parking spaces.
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