Ford shows some en­ter­prise with the Sierra

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THIS week’s pic­ture from Ford of Bri­tain’s cen­te­nary archive shows the “jelly mould” Ford Sierra, launched in late 1982, the same year as the fu­tur­is­tic Space Shut­tle.

The 1983 XR4i Sierra was snapped at Stansted, where the En­ter­prise was on a Euro­pean tour.

The same com­put­ers are be­lieved to have helped with the de­sign of both ve­hi­cles.

Suzuki’s low-emis­sion Swift 1248cc diesel is now in show­rooms. Its heart is a new 74bhp 1.3 en­gine which of­fers 67.3mpg and 109g/km CO2 pay­ing just £20 a year in road tax but li­able to the Lon­don con­ges­tion tax.

Price: £12,890 for the five­door SZ3 with 16in al­loys.

Volvo is de­vel­op­ing a sys­tem that alerts and au­to­mat­i­cally brakes for an­i­mals on the road. The sys­tem, due for launch in a few years time, uses the radar and cam­era tech­nol­ogy as used for Pedes­trian De­tec­tion with Full Auto Brake which is avail­able on S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80.

One chal­lenge fac­ing the en­gi­neers is to teach the sys­tem to recog­nise dif­fer­ent an­i­mals.

A team spent an evening at a sa­fari park dig­i­tally log­ging be­havioural pat­terns of an­i­mals, such as moose and deer.

In Swe­den alone, more than 40,000 ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing wild an­i­mals are re­ported ev­ery year.

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