Ford always seems to be one step ahead of other brands when it comes to automotive technology, and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. The latest gizmo is the Traffic Jam Assist system that will make its debut on the 2017 Ford Fusion.
As implied in its name, the technology is designed to help drivers navigate through daily traffic especially during peak hours when the roads are bumper to bumper.
So how does it work? With the push of a button, a grille-mounted radar will be activated as will a front-facing camera located behind the windscreen. A monitor on the dashboard will assist the driver in keeping the vehicle centered in the lane by identifying lane markings.
According to Ford Technician Reid Steiger, the aim of the technology is to reduce stress and exhaustion for drivers having to put up with daily commuting especially when traffic is dense.
The Traffic Jam Assist system is still in development and is expected to be released in conjunction with the 2017 Ford Fusion, which is rumored to be due for a fourth quarter 2016 release.
The technology is also expected to come with a sensor that monitors the alertness of the driver and will set off a warning sound if sensors indicate that the driver’s hands are slipping from the wheel.
To accompany the technology is a remote parking system, which will help with parking especially when parking perpendicularly in crowded stations and narrow garages. This system will be released in conjunction with the Fully Assisted Parking Aid, which enables automatic parallel parking just by pressing a button.