The new Ford Focus adds new systems to its comprehensive range of advanced driver assistance technologies, which increase driver confidence by making driving less demanding.
Specifically, the Blind Spot Assist expands its functionality Blind Spot Information System monitoring the driver’s blind spots for vehicles approaching from behind. The system can apply steering torque to alert the driver and discourage them from changing lanes if it detects an impending collision. The system monitors adjacent lanes for following vehicles up to 28 meters away, 20 times per second, and can operate at speeds from 65 km/h up to 200 km/h). New to the Focus is the Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coveragewhich allows the driver to enter the length and width of the trailer he wishes to tow via his touchscreen SYNC 4. The system will automatically correct, warning the driver if another vehicle is in the blind spot of the trailer being towed.
New Intersection Assist uses the Focus’ front camera in conjunction with radar to monitor the road for impending collisions with oncoming vehicles in parallel lanes. The system can automatically apply brake pressure at speeds of up to 30 km/h to prevent or reduce the impact of an accident if a driver tends to enter the path of an oncoming vehicle, such as at an intersection. The system works without the need for lines or equipment and at night with the headlights on.
It is also available Local Hazard Information which informs the driver of a dangerous situation on the road, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles. They are also offered Adaptive Cruise Control με Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring, which facilitates the driver in traffic jams. The Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking helps drivers avoid or reduce the impact of collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, while the Active Park Assist controls gear selection, acceleration and braking, enabling fully automated parking maneuvers by holding down a button.
The new Ford Focus also features the system Rear Occupant Alert, designed to help drivers stay away from the car while leaving children or pets inside. The system reminds drivers to check the rear seats if the rear doors have been opened at the start of the journey.
The advanced lighting technologies of the new Ford Focus increase levels of active safety and include full LED headlights, which integrate the functions Automatic High Beam Control and Manoeuvring Light, the latter activates a wider beam pattern for better visibility when the vehicle detects a low-speed maneuver. In addition, the Dynamic Pixel LED headlights of the richer versions incorporate advanced features such as:
• Glare-Free High Beamwhich uses a front-mounted camera to detect oncoming vehicles and create a “glare-free spot” in the beam pattern, blocking beams that would otherwise blind other drivers
• Based on Camera Dynamic Bendingwhich uses a front-facing camera to monitor the road ahead and illuminates the inside of corners, increasing the field of vision
• Bad-Weather Lightwhich changes the beam pattern for better visibility when the windshield wipers are activated
• Sign-based Lightwhich uses a front-facing camera to detect road signs, on the basis of which the beam pattern is adjusted to better illuminate bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections and roundabouts.