Adap­tive steer­ing de­buts on the all-new Ford Edge

Ford re­defin­ing the idea of ‘power steer­ing’

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Ford Mo­tor Com­pany’s lat­est in­no­va­tive steer­ing tech­nol­ogy that de­buts on the all­new Edge CUV prom­ises to re­de­fine the idea of “power steer­ing”. Ford’s adap­tive steer­ing makes it eas­ier for driv­ers to ma­neu­ver a ve­hi­cle at low speeds while mak­ing the ve­hi­cle more fun to drive and ag­ile at high speeds. Adap­tive steer­ing is stan­dard on the all-new Edge Sport, and avail­able on Edge Ti­ta­nium. “First and fore­most, all Ford Mo­tor Com­pany prod­ucts have to of­fer a great driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice pres­i­dent, Global Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment. “This new steer­ing tech­nol­ogy can help make ve­hi­cles easy to ma­neu­ver and fun to drive.”

Adap­tive steer­ing changes the ra­tio be­tween the driver’s ac­tions at the steer­ing wheel - the num­ber of turns - and how much the front wheels turn. In ve­hi­cles with­out the tech­nol­ogy, this is a fixed steer­ing ra­tio. With adap­tive steer­ing, the ra­tio con­tin­u­ally changes with ve­hi­cle speed, op­ti­mis­ing the steer­ing re­sponse in all con­di­tions. At lower speeds, such as when pulling into a park­ing space or ma­neu­ver­ing in tight ar­eas, fewer turns of the steer­ing wheel are re­quired. Adap­tive steer­ing makes the ve­hi­cle more ag­ile and eas­ier to turn as it di­als more steer­ing into the road wheel.

At high­way speeds, the sys­tem op­ti­mizes steer­ing re­sponse, let­ting the ve­hi­cle re­act more smoothly to each steer­ing in­put. The sys­tem cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with engi­neers from TKAG, a Ger­many-based au­to­mo­tive sup­plier uses a pre­ci­sion-con­trolled ac­tu­a­tor placed in­side the steer­ing wheel, and re­quires no change to a ve­hi­cle’s tra­di­tional steer­ing sys­tem. The ac­tu­a­tor - an elec­tric mo­tor and gear­ing sys­tem - can es­sen­tially add to or sub­tract from a driver’s steer­ing in­puts. The re­sult is a bet­ter driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at all speeds, re­gard­less of ve­hi­cle size or class.

After rolling out on the all-new Edge, adap­tive steer­ing will be avail­able for other Ford and Lin­coln ve­hi­cles in the fu­ture. To ex­plore the All­New Ford Edge lineup, please visit the Al­ghanim Auto New Ve­hi­cle Show­room in the Shuwaikh In­dus­trial Area, op­po­site from the Clas­si­cal Car Museum and Sirbb Cir­cuit.

The show­room work­ing hours are Satur­day through Thurs­day from 9AM to 8PM. For more in­for­ma­tion, cus­tomers can call the cus­tomer care cen­ter at 1898900; visit www.fordal­ghanim.com or di­rectly on so­cial me­dia chan­nels at the han­dle @FordAl­ghanim.

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