These plaudits were introduced in 2010 to recognise the manufacturers that make new safety systems available. Ford is one of only two manufacturers to hold four of these rewards – and the only one to achieve this with a single vehicle. This family workhorse is clearly a reassuringly safe and capable machine.Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP General Secretary said: “As part of Euro NCAP’s mission to promote important innovations in safety, we are rewarding Ford for its Driver Alert and Forward Alert systems on the Focus, making the car the first that offers four rewarded technologies. Seeing a C-segment volume seller like Focus rewarded for various technologies clearly shows where Ford and the automobile industry is moving in Europe.”
The Ford Driver Alert system monitors the car’s position relative to lane markings via a forward-facing camera. Excessive wandering suggests fatigue.
It also communicates with the ‘yaw’ sensor to monitor erratic movements such as swerving – a further indication of sleepiness. If necessary, the Ford Focus advises the driver to rest. This complements the Forward Alert Accident Warning System. This monitors the road ahead, via radar, to detect slowing or stationary traffic. If the driver fails to react, the new Focus alerts him via beeps and a flashing symbol. If required, this family car automatically brakes to avoid the impact.
Jon Sloper: 13th Dec 2011 10:59:00
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