Ford de­buts speed limit sys­tem

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

COLOGNE — Break­ing the speed limit can be costly in terms of fines and driv­ing bans as well as play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in many road ac­ci­dents.

Ford is now launch­ing tech­nol­ogy that could help pre­vent driv­ers from ex­ceed­ing speed lim­its — at home and abroad.

Driv­ers have for some time been able to set a max­i­mum speed for their ve­hi­cle. Now the all-new S-MAX sports ac­tiv­ity ve­hi­cle — equipped with ‘In­tel­li­gent Speed Lim­iter’ — can help en­sure the max­i­mum speed is au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justed to re­main within chang­ing speed lim­its.

The new model of­fers a range of more than 20 new tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing global de­buts for Glare­Free high­beam and Ford Adap­tive Steer­ing. For the first time, S-MAX will also be avail­able with Ford’s In­tel­li­gent All-wheel Drive (IAWD).

“All-new S-MAX de­fies the no­tion that a ver­sa­tile seven-seat fam­ily car can­not also be stylish, re­ward­ing to drive and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced,” said roe­lant de Waard, vice pres­i­dent, mar­ket­ing, sales and ser­vice, Ford of europe.

“In­tel­li­gent Speed Lim­iter is one of those tech­nolo­gies that peo­ple will won­der how they did with­out — not just be­cause they avoid speed­ing fines but be­cause driv­ing be­comes that much less stress­ful.”

Push-but­ton start Ste­fan Kappes, ac­tive safety su­per­vi­sor with Ford europe, ex­plained: “Driv­ers are not al­ways aware that they are speed­ing so (this sys­tem) can re­move one of the stresses of driv­ing.”

The lim­iter is ac­ti­vated by a but­ton on the steer­ing-wheel and a wind­screen cam­era scans for speed-limit signs. If a lower speedlimit area is en­tered the sys­tem slows the ve­hi­cle as re­quired.

As the speed limit rises, so the car will ac­cel­er­ated to that limit. Ford says it will be a par­tic­u­lar boon when driv­ing on roads with con­stantly chang­ing speed lim­its, and also on roads the driver is un­fa­mil­iar with.

Ford has in re­cent nt years in­tro­duced many tech­nolo­gies nolo­gies to its ve­hi­cles that help driv­ers rivers to park, re­main in their driv­ing ving lane, and avoid low-speed ac­ci­dents. dents.

Works with sat­nav It works be­tween 30 0 and 190km/h, re­strict­ing speed by fuel-flow rather than brak­ Should grav­ity — as on a downs­lope — oc­cur the driver is s alerted.

The sys­tem does not ap­ply the brakes but smoothly moothly con­trols en­gine tor­querque by elec­tron­i­cally ad­just­ingt­ing the amount of fuel de­liv­ered. vered. If the S-MAX over­runs s the set max­i­mum speed be­cause of a down­hill gra­di­ent, di­ent, an alarm is sounded.

The lim­iter will also work with sat­nav on thee open road, just in case the driver ver misses one of what could be wide-spaced limit signs. Over­ride? Just press the ac­cel­er­a­tor, per­haps to over­take.

The sys­tem is not a de­fault auto speed lim­iter: driv­ers can choose whether to have it func­tion­ing or not, so it can be over­rid­den should they choose to.

Ford’s all-new S-MAX also has pre-col­li­sion as­sist and pedes­trian de­tec­tion and will brake if the driver does not. — Fleet­news

FORD’S new S-max scans traf­fic signs and ad­justs the throt­tle to help driv­ers stay within legal speed lim­its and avoid fines.

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