Ford Fiesta to get night-time pedestrian detection

2018 Ford Mustang

Basically the system processes information from a radar located in the bumper and a windshield-mounted camera through a database of "pedestrian shapes" to distinguish people from objects like road signs and trees. The Mustang receives additional new features such as distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, and the Driver Alert System that combats drowsy driving. If the system projects an imminent collision with a pedestrian, it administers an audible and visual warning to the driver. The evening function, an expansion of the pedestrian detection feature in Ford's extant collision warning system, debuts in the 2018 F-150 pickup truck and Mustang sports auto.

To test it out, the development team threw life-sized dummies onto the path of vehicles on closed tracks and on public roads in Paris and Amsterdam.

Ford already offers pedestrian detection technology, but for the first time, it will include night vision. If they don't brake, the vehicle does it for them.

United Kingdom data shows that in 2015 there were 408 pedestrian fatalities, equivalent to 24 per cent of all road fatalities. If the processor determines that a collision with a pedestrian could occur, it first alerts the driver with sound and visual signals.

In North America, the new technology will debut on the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Mustang. "Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is created to help identify people already in - or about to step into - the road ahead".

One in five respondents said they feared they may hit a pedestrian at night. What's more, Ford says that of a group surveyed in Europe, 81 per cent admitted to being scared on the roads at night.

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