Ford has revealed prototypes of its new Fully Assisted Parking and Obstacle Avoidance systems.
The Fully Assisted Parking Aid will allow drivers to park their car at the touch of a button, even if they are standing outside their car, while Obstacle Avoidance uses automatic steering and braking to avoid an accident.
Ford’s parking system is currently being tested on a prototype Focus. The firm’s Advanced Engineering division is working on a car that’s already fitted with Ford’s existing Active Park Assist.
However, while the existing parking system can detect a space and steer the car into it, the fully automated system is able to take full control of the car’s steering, throttle, brakes and gear selection so the driver doesn’t have to be in the car to park it.
That means the car can be slotted into a very tight space. The automated system can also drive the car out of the space again at the press of a button.
Ford has also unveiled its Obstacle Avoidance system, which warns the driver if it detects an obstacle in the lane ahead. If the driver fails to take action following the warnings, the system automatically steers and brakes the car to avoid a collision.
Talking at the launch of the new tech at Ford’s proving ground at Lommel, Belgium, Barb Samardzich, Ford’s European Product Development vice president said, “The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies – including Fully Assisted Parking Aid and Obstacle Avoidance – that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience.”