The 2019 Ford Edge Is The First SUV To Have Ford Co-Pilot360


The 2019 Ford Edge will be outfitted with Ford’s driver-assist technology suite when it hits dealerships later this year, marking the first time a Ford SUV will have the technology.


The all-new Edge will feature Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite when it arrives on lots this fall, offering a wide range of driver-assist features designed to increase safety and driver confidence while out on the road.


The suite includes Ford’s blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping system, auto high beams and a reverse camera to make the 2019 Edge the only vehicle in it’s segment with all of those features.


All of these features are impressive in their own right, but three stand out particularly thanks to their ability to react to dangerous driving behaviors and reduce dangerous situations.


Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) With Cross-Traffic Alert


Ford’s BLIS detects vehicles located in blind spots through the use of two multiple-beam radar modules located in the rear quarter panels that identify when a vehicle enters a blind spot. The system then lights up an indicator light to alert drivers of vehicles within their blind spots to increase safety and reduce the the occurrence of accidents. Ford’s cross-traffic alert technology warns drivers of nearby traffic when backing out of a parking spot using the two multiple-beam radar modules from the BLIS. The cross-traffic alert gives drivers three total notifications to keep parking lot conditions safe and accident-free.


Lane Keeping System


Ford’s lane keeping system has three main components, each which help improve road safety. The driver alert system notifies drivers when they are feeling tired and drowsy by monitoring the vehicle’s positioning and behavior in relation to lane markings. It will send out alerts to drivers encouraging them to rest to reduce the chances of falling asleep at the wheel. The system’s lane keeping alert sends a vibration to the steering wheel to inform them that they are drifting too close to the lane. The system also includes steering torque which will help realign the vehicle in the lane. The system monitors the vehicle’s placement in between lane markings though a forward-facing camera that can communicate with the vehicle’s steering system and rearview mirror.


Pre-Collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection


The pre-collision assist features notifies drivers of impending collisions and can even apply vehicle brakes in an effort to prevent a vehicle accident. Ford’s pre-collision assist uses radar and cameras to examine the road ahead for conditions that could lead to a frontal collision. Pre-collision assist was designed to reduced the severity of collisions, with the potential to stop them at all speeds. Coupled with a pedestrian detection feature that scans roads using a windshield-mounted camera and radar. the pedestrian detection feature sends out both visual and audible warnings before reducing the gap between the brake pads and discs and eventually applying the brakes automatically.


Ford hopes to have their Co-Pilot360 technology on 91 of percent of vehicles in North America within the next two years, setting 2020 as a goal to have the suite on the vast majority of Ford vehicles. Ford also hopes to have the tech available on a variety of commercial vehicles including the E-Series, F-650, F-750 and F59 chassis.


“Our commercial customers trust our trucks to get the job done,” said Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets. “And soon, we’ll be giving them another reason to trust us even more.”


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