April 14, 2011
The New Ford Focus 2012 – The Car That Parks It-self!
It would have been something from a dream 10 years ago to even imagine driving around in a car that was actually clever enough to park it-self, and today that dream has become a reality.
Finally the new Ford Focus has arrived ready for 2012; with an additional Driver Assistance Package costing £750; adding a multitude of extra features. The Driver Assistance Package doesn’t mean that the car will drive it-self, but it does give you a much easier and safer driving experience for not only you, but others around you.
The most fascinating aspects of the Driver Assistance Package, and possibly the most helpful, is the Active Park Assist. As the name illustrates, the Active Park Assist is a system that aids the driver to park the car and is perfect if you find it tricky to fit into small spaces. It works by using ultra-sonic sensors in your bumpers that measure the distance to the objects around you and is activated when you put the car into reverse gear. Trusting the car to do the work for you may seem difficult at first, but given time this new and amazing device will help even the most frustrated driver to parallel-park.
One of the other major aspects of the Driver Assistance package is the Active City Stop, which works using a system called LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and is mounted next to the rear view mirror. At a rate of 100 times per second, the system monitors the distance to the vehicle in front of you and the closing speed, to determine the risk of collision. This is excellent if you lose focus for a few moments or the car in-front stops suddenly.
As well as the Active Park Assist and the Active City Stop, the Driver Assistance Package also comes equipped with a Lane Keeping Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition, Speed Limiter, Adaptive Cruise Control and Auto High Beam Control which when all combined make for a seriously impressive vehicle. It makes you wonder what new technologies car manufacturers will invent next.
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