COLOGNE, Germany - Ford has a wide range of technologies that can help to make your winter driving safer and easier.
On the new Fiesta, for example, Torque Vectoring Control enhances cornering capability on snow and ice. Additionally, the model’s Quickclear windscreen melts snow and ice away at the touch of a button. And in case of an accident, SYNC with Emergency Assistance helps to place a call to emergency operators in 26 European languages and gives the car’s GPS coordinates. The system is also available on B-MAX, new Kuga and Focus too.
Shorter days and reduced visibility contribute to increased accident rates in Europe at this time of year. That’s why Ford is extending its smart lighting technology to more vehicles in its line-up. The range is wide and includes Ford’s high beam control system, which is designed to detect on-coming vehicles and automatically switch to dipped beam, before switching back to high beam once the vehicle has passed.
Additionally, high-efficiency LEDs give vehicles more presence, while HID headlamps produce about 200% more light than conventional halogen bulbs while using around half the power. They also last around 10 times longer.
“When driving in bad weather or at night it is vital that drivers can see and be seen clearly,” said Thorsten Warwel, Ford of Europe lighting supervisor. “The premium lighting solutions we’ve introduced across our car and commercial vehicle range deliver excellent visibility in low light conditions and really come into their own at this time of year.”
Driving technique is important, and Ford test driver Eddy Kasteel has this advice for all employees: “It’s important to reduce your speed in wintry conditions because braking distances can be 10 times longer or more. Fortunately, advances in electronic technology mean today’s Fords make it a lot easier to drive on snow and ice than their predecessors. Even the very best drivers don’t have the car control skills to compete with systems such as these.”