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Old 01-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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2013 Ford Fusion Will Feature Lane-Keeping Technology



Just the Facts:

-The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will be equipped with technology that helps drivers stay alert and prevent them from drifting out of a lane.
-The Lane Keeping System uses a digital camera mounted on the windshield near the rearview mirror to detect veering in lanes, which causes a vibration in the steering wheel, notifying drivers to correct the course or seek rest if they're drowsy.
-Ford says the 2013 Fusion is the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to offer this technology, which is usually reserved for luxury rides.


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The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will be equipped with technology that helps drivers stay alert and prevent them from drifting out of a lane.

The Lane Keeping System uses a digital camera mounted on the windshield near the rearview mirror to detect veering in lanes, which causes a vibration in the steering wheel, notifying drivers to correct the course or seek rest if they're drowsy.

This safety feature is usually found in luxury vehicles. Ford says the 2013 Fusion will be the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to offer this technology.

Ford, which will debut the 2013 Fusion next week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, will roll out the Lane Keeping System on a wide range of its vehicles over the next several years, including the 2013 Explorer.

"This technology is (typically) found in more expensive vehicles, but even in a midsize sedan, people want their creature comforts," said Octavio Navarro, Ford car communications manager.

Navarro said pricing on the system hasn't been determined yet, but he expects it to be part of a technology package available on the Fusion.

Inside Line says: The 2013 Ford Fusion uses safety as a selling point.

Text Source:Edmunds.com


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Meh. If people would learn how to drive and pay attention to the world around them, we would not need these costly driving assists.

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Technology like this will just cause drivers to be even more distracted while behind the wheel...
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So would it vibrate when you changed lanes? That would be annoying as Hell! I bet people will figure out how to disable it almost immediately.
This seems it is completely taking the responsibility out of driving. It would be good for someone learning how to drive, but then wouldn't they get a little dependent on the shaking instead of actually staying alert while driving? Half the part of driving is knowing whats going on around you, knowing where all the cars are but if you don't have to keep alert and rely on the car to tell you your drifting I feel like it wont end well.
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This video shows how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_mUyQmxJQY
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Good grief we got some crybabies in here...

Lets just ditch technology all together and drive around like Fred Flintstone. Will that satisfy you? LOL
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Good grief we got some crybabies in here...

Lets just ditch technology all together and drive around like Fred Flintstone. Will that satisfy you? LOL
It's not about the technology, its the positive reinforcement of bad driving. If you can't stay in your lane do us a favor and stay off the road.
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There are idiots on the road and this kind of technology is what will keep the idiots out of our crumple zones.
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If it was effective at reducing accidents, real numbers would be published, its just a gimmick to boost sales of the new fusions.
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Yes. Its a gimmick and it doesn't work at all. That's why Ford has likely spent huge amounts of money to develop and integrate this type of system.
A system which, by the way, has been in use (in one form or another) in cars around the world for years. Citroen, Renault, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, etc. They've all offered very similar features that do basically the same thing.

This is nothing new. The only reason anyone is upset is because this is AMURRICA!!! And too many people see this as a 'nanny' when in reality it is a MASSIVELY paramount safety feature.

The NTSB reports that nearly 50% of single vehicle accidents are directly related to driver fatigue.

ANUALLY, there are over 56,000 sleep-related automobile crashes in the US, resulting in 40,000 injuries and over 1,500 fatalities.

A survey conducted by the NTSB of 200 drivers resulted in over 30% admitting to having dozed off while driving.



No no you're right. This is all a gimmick and will never work.
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