Ford has introduced the new low speed collision avoidance system ‘Active City Stop’ in the new Ford Fiesta
Ford has introduced the new low speed collision avoidance system ‘Active City Stop’ in the new Ford Fiesta. This new system uses a sophisticated light-detecting and ranging sensor to scan the road ahead fifty times every second, more than twice the speed of the movie industry standard frame rate to help prevent collisions at speeds up to 10mph, and help reduce the severity of impacts at speeds below 20mph. Florian Schweter, new Fiesta
Active City Stop development engineer, Ford of Europe said “urban areas are breeding grounds for low-speed accidents caused by drivers failing to notice that the car in front has stopped. High traffic volumes, lots of potential distractions and slow-moving, stop-start traffic mean Active City Stop can provide a much-needed extra eye on the road.”
Active City Stop was first launched on the new Ford Focus and ordered by nearly 5,000 UK customers to date, Active City Stop is already available on Ford C-MAX, Grand C-MAX and the new Ford B-MAX. It is offered as part of an optional Driver Assistance Pack on the Fiesta, this pack also includes rear parking sensors and powerfold mirrors and is priced from £250.
Research reveals that each year more than half-a-million people are injured in car crashes in cities in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Of these, approximately one-in-eight are hurt in rear-end shunts, the type that Active City Stop can reduce in severity or avoid altogether. Active City Stop constantly monitors the gap to vehicles in front, calculates the risk of hitting a stationary or slow-moving object and pre-charges the new Fiesta’s brake system to deliver maximum braking response. If the driver does not respond, either by braking or evasive steering, the system simultaneously applies the brakes, reduces engine torque, and activates the rear hazard lights. The new Ford Fiesta will be equipped with the 100PS and 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”. The new EcoBoost turbo-charged, direct injection engine is Ford's smallest, yet highest power density petrol engine ever, delivering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2. Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop system, which automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle is at idle and restarts the engine when the driver wants to move off, will be available at launch with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi ECOnetic Technology powertrains as standard.
The Ford Fiesta takes compact car fuel efficiency to new heights, with the help of advanced new technologies; it is a fantastic economical small car. Prices start from £9,795 on-the-road in the UK and will be available in showrooms from early 2013.