Ford debuts speed limit system
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 braking.ng. 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.