Feeds

Ford spins pop-out anti-prang door shield

Close to the edge

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Time was when many car doors were fitted with a rubber doohickey to stop drivers and passengers opening them too rapidly and scratching the paint or denting the car they were parked next to.

The notion fell out of favour in the 1990s, but now Ford has revived it in a slightly more hi-tech form.

Prosaically dubbed the Door Edge Protector, the system features a flip-out rubber strip that pops out automatically only when the door is opened.

Ford Door Edge Protector

Careful, kids

The rest of the time, it's concealed behind the outer edge of the door panel so it doesn't spoil the clean lines of your door.

Ford Door Edge Protector

Out it comes...

Close the door, and the DEP slips back in in under 60 milliseconds - handy for you door-slammers out there. A clutch mechanism prevents damage if the flap is obstructed when the door's being closed, said Ford.

Ford Door Edge Protector

...and in it goes

The DEP will debut on the updated Ford Focus the company will be releasing early next year. The car, in other respects the Focus released this year, will also feature Ford Sync, the firm's new in-car voice-activated control system. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.