An Extra Pair Of Eyes

Scott Lindstrom explains how Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection could help drivers.

MF: How does Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection technology work?

If the system detects your vehicle is approaching a collision or a pedestrian within your driving path, it can do three things: First, a red light flashes while a chime sounds. Second, if the driver doesn’t respond and collision risk increases, the system will pre-charge the brakes to improve responsiveness when you brake. Finally, if the driver still doesn’t react to an imminent collision, the system can apply the brakes, helping to reduce impact or avoid a crash completely.

MF: How does this technology benefit drivers?

I’m teaching my daughter to drive right now, and I find myself frequently saying, “Hey, watch for that!” Even good drivers can only look in one direction at a time. A driver can be attentive and just be checking his blind spot, or checking over her shoulder, and miss seeing that the car in front is starting to brake, or that a kid just followed a ball into the street. This technology is no replacement for being a good driver. But we’ve all looked away for a split second. The system is monitoring and looking.

MF: How extensive was the testing?

We conducted both on-road and computer-simulation testing. We tested in different environments—urban, rural and on highways. We wanted real-world data. Of course, we had to invent ways that didn’t involve real pedestrians. So we ended up using robotic dummies.

MF: When will the system be available?

The technology is currently available on the 2017 Fusion and will be available on the 2018 Mustang and F-150.


Watch how it works below!


*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can detect pedestrians, but not in all conditions and does not replace safe driving. See owner’s manual for system limitations.


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