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Ford Motor Company has announced that its All-New Mondeo will be the first car globally to offer a new pedestrian detection technology that could help reduce the severity of accidents or help drivers to avoid them altogether.
The introduction of Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection has the ability to ‘see’ people in the road ahead, or detect pedestrians that cross in the vehicle’s path, and automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond to the warnings.
The technology is set to debut on one of Ford’s most popular models, the Ford Mondeo with the vehicle sporting an advanced system capable of processing information collected from a windscreen-mounted camera, and radar located in the bumper. The camera is capable of checking information it receives against a database of “pedestrian shapes” to distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.
“The new Mondeo is the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in Europe,” said Ulrich Koesters, vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “Features like Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection add safety and security for drivers in busy urban conditions.”
Pedestrian Detection is just one of the new features and improvements detailed by Ford to enhance the all-new Mondeo. Alongside the new innovation, the Mondeo will also debut a powerful new 210PS 2.0-litre TDCi engine that features twin-sequential turbocharging for power and reduced emissions.
The Mondeo will also be the first vehicle in its segment to offer a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, named International Engine of the Year in 2014 for a third time. The new EcoBoost 1.0-litre with 125PS and Co2 emissions of 119g/km, will join the Mondeo line-up in early 2015.
Drivers of the All-New Mondeo will be able to see more clearly with the introduction of Ford’s adaptive LED headlamp technology and can choose from one of seven settings according to vehicle speed, ambient light conditions, steering angle, distance to the vehicle in front and windscreen wiper activation.
The Mondeo has also been designed to help drivers in and out of parking spaces using an advanced version of Active Park Assist featuring Perpendicular Parking which enables drivers to detect suitable spaces and reverse hands-free into those parallel to the road or side-to-side with other cars.
The All-New Mondeo will go on sale later this year as a four-door hybrid, five-door or estate in dealerships across Europe. The high-powered diesel will be available in early 2015.
For more information, visit the Ford website.