Ford Fiesta Active City Stop takes 15 pictures in the blink of an eye

Ford introduces new low-speed collision avoidance system.

Active City Stop, Ford’s new low-speed collision avoidance system that will be installed in the upcoming Ford Fiesta facelift, takes and processes 15 images in the time it takes to blink. The data from the sophisticated sensor is then used to calculate whether traffic is slowing or has stopped or to detect any potential hazards, then applies the brakes automatically if it determines that a collision is imminent.

At speeds of 10mph or less, the systems can fully prevent collisions and at speeds between 10 and 20mph it can help to dramatically reduce the severity of an impact. The system uses light-detecting and ranging sensors to scan the road ahead 50 times every second. If the driver does not respond when a slow-moving or stationary object is detected, the brakes are primed, ready to do an emergency stop. If the driver doesn’t apply the brakes or steer evasively, the system hits the brakes and activates the rear hazard lights.

“Urban areas are breeding grounds for low-speed accidents caused by drivers failing to notice that the car in front has stopped,” said Florian Schweter, new Fiesta Active City Stop development engineer, Ford of Europe. “High traffic volumes, lots of potential distractions and slow-moving, stop-start traffic mean Active City Stop can provide a much-needed extra eye on the road.”

Ford Insure will be discounting insurance on any of their cars fitted with Active City Stop by 15 per cent. The system is currently available on the Ford B-MAX, Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX, and will be offered aa part of an optional driver assistance pack on the Fiesta, which costs £250 and includes rear parking sensors and powerfold mirrors.

Active City Stop, Ford’s new low-speed collision avoidance system that will be installed in the upcoming Ford Fiesta facelift, takes and processes 15 images in the time it takes to blink.

The data from the sophisticated sensor is then used to calculate whether traffic is slowing or has stopped, or to detect any potential hazards. It then applies the brakes automatically if it determines that a collision is imminent.

At speeds of 10mph or lower, the system can fully prevent collisions, while between 10 and 20mph it can help to dramatically reduce the severity of an impact.

Active City Stop uses light-detecting and ranging sensors to scan the road ahead 50 times every second. If the driver does not respond when a slow-moving or stationary object is detected, the brakes are primed for an emergency stop. If the driver doesn’t apply the brakes or steer evasively, the system hits the brakes and activates the rear hazard lights.

“Urban areas are breeding grounds for low-speed accidents caused by drivers failing to notice that the car in front has stopped,” says Florian Schweter, Ford’s Active City Stop development engineer for the new Fiesta. “High traffic volumes, lots of potential distractions and slow-moving, stop-start traffic mean Active City Stop can provide a much-needed extra eye on the road.”

Ford Insure will be discounting insurance on any of their cars fitted with Active City Stop by 15 per cent. The system is currently available on the Ford B-MAX, Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX, and will be offered as part of an optional driver assistance pack on the Fiesta, which costs £250 and includes rear parking sensors and powerfold mirrors.

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