Ford scans rural roads

Ford has released Road Edge Detection to make driving on rural roads easier and safer.

The new technology is designed for use on rural roads at speed of 45-70mph (70-110kmh) and uses a camera located below the rear-view mirror to monitor road edges 50m (165ft) ahead and 7m (23ft) to the side.

Where the edge becomes a soft verge, gravel hard shoulder or grass, the system provides gentle steering support to prevent the vehicle from drifting off the road.

The system features an algorithm added to Ford’s existing Lane-Keeping Aid to assess the area beside the road.

It can also provide steering support on marked roads when lane markings are obscured or hidden by snow, leaves or rain.