Ford announces car safety feature to reduce rear-end collisions

Most automobile accidents are caused by driver error. Driver’s get tired, their attention lags, they are preoccupied or they’re not feeling well or the sun is shining too brightly or it is raining too heavily and — in a blink of an eye — an accident occurs. In a perfect world, drivers would always be attentive and alert thus avoiding accidents. But they aren’t. That’s why making cars work smarter could avoid a lot of accidents and save a lot of lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if a driver had an extra second of warning, 90% of all rear-end crashes would be prevented.

According to the Blog, GeekDad from Wired.com, that is where Ford Motor Company’s Adaptive Cruise Control technology comes in. Previously only seen in high-end automobiles, Adaptive Cruise Control has a radar which “compares closing distance and speed with objects in the car’s path.” If the car’s computer thinks you’re on the path to rear-end another car, it will warn you with red lights projected on your windshield and sound an alarm so that you can adjust your driving. If you still are on that collision path, the Collision Warning System precharges your car’s brakes in preparation for a sudden stop.

The Collision Warning system give a driver between 1.5 to 2.5 seconds to avoid a crash.

Along with the “MyKey” — a teenage driver safety device — it seems like the next generation of autos will work smarter and be safer.

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