3 Lin­coln models earn Top Safety Pick award

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

The 2017 Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal has earned the high­est award from the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety, se­cur­ing the cov­eted Top Safety Pick+ for the flag­ship sedan of the Lin­coln Mo­tor Com­pany. Com­ple­ment­ing Con­ti­nen­tal’s suc­cess, is Lin­coln MKZ and Lin­coln MKX, which both earned top safety marks in their seg­ments.

The Pre-Col­li­sion As­sist with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion avail­able on Lin­coln ve­hi­cles earned a su­pe­rior rat­ing. The sys­tem, which is de­signed to re­duce the sever­ity of, and in some cases even elim­i­nate, frontal col­li­sions - in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing pedes­tri­ans - uses radar and cam­era tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide a col­li­sion warn­ing to the driver. If the driver does not re­spond in time, it can au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the ve­hi­cle’s brakes.

The Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal, MKZ, and MKX, equipped with Pre-Col­li­sion As­sist with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion, avoided col­li­sions in track tests at 20 km/h and 40 km/h. The sys­tem’s for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing com­po­nent also meets Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion cri­te­ria. Lin­coln’s avail­able adap­tive LED head­lamps also earned a good rat­ing, pro­vid­ing am­ple light­ing on a straight­away and on most curves. The head­lamps use high-beam as­sist, a fea­ture that au­to­mat­i­cally switches be­tween high beams and low beams, de­pend­ing on the pres­ence of other ve­hi­cles.

The ve­hi­cles are avail­able with a suite of in­tu­itive, driver-as­sist tech­nolo­gies. Their Pre-Col­li­sion As­sist with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion uses cam­era and radar tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle’s prox­im­ity to other ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans. If a po­ten­tial col­li­sion is de­tected, the sys­tem can alert the driver with vis­i­ble and au­di­ble warn­ings and, if needed, pre-charge the brakes and in­crease brake sen­si­tiv­ity to help pro­vide full re­spon­sive­ness.

The lane-keep­ing sys­tem uses a for­ward­fac­ing cam­era to de­tect lane mark­ings. It can ap­ply steer­ing torque and alert the driver with a steer­ing wheel vi­bra­tion should sen­sors de­tect drift­ing. All three of the win­ning Lin­coln ve­hi­cles are equipped with BLIS (Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem) with cross-traf­fic alert, which uses radar sen­sors to alert driv­ers with lights in their side­view mir­rors if an­other ve­hi­cle is de­tected in blind spots. When driv­ers are back­ing up, the sys­tem can de­tect a ve­hi­cle ap­proach­ing from ei­ther side, no­ti­fy­ing driv­ers with a warn­ing light and an au­di­ble tone.

An auto hold fea­ture keeps the car at a com­plete stop with­out the driver hav­ing to press and hold the brake pedal - mak­ing stop-and-go driv­ing more re­laxed for Lin­coln own­ers. Pre-Col­li­sion As­sist with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion is an avail­able tech­nol­ogy that can avoid some frontal crashes, or lessen the sever­ity of such events. Ve­hi­cles qual­ify for a Top Safety Pick+ if they have good rat­ings in five crash­wor­thi­ness tests - small over­lap front; mod­er­ate over­lap front; side; roof strength; and head re­straints - plus an avail­able front crash pro­tec­tion sys­tem that earns a su­pe­rior or ad­vanced rat­ing, and good or ac­cept­able head­lights.

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