Feeds

Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

It's the end of jokes about women parking, too

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Ford has been flaunting the latest gizmos it plans to add to its cars, including a self-parking mode designed to squeeze motors into smaller parking spaces.

At a testing facility in Germany the company has been showing off the latest gizmos that have been built into one of its Focus cars. The vehicle is equipped with radar, ultrasonic sensors, and a camera to scan up to 200 meters in front of the vehicle and these manage the Obstacle Avoidance System, developed in partnership with other car manufacturers.

"You're driving down the road and a pedestrian or something comes out from either side of your vehicle in your peripheral vision where you don’t have a good look at it then obstacle avoidance can sense that that object is coming across the front of your vehicle," said Barb Samardzich, VP of product development at Ford of Europe.

"If it doesn't sense you responding accordingly by braking or maneuvering it will take over and apply the brakes so that you avoid that collision."

That said the system isn’t perfect. Ford tested it out at speeds of up to 38mph, so if you're planning a high speed chase and want the car to avoid the inevitable baby in a pram for you, you're out of luck.

Some of the same sensors are used by the car in its self-parking mode. This allows the car to scan for a suitably sized space and maneuver into and out of the spot, without the driver needing to be in the car. Ford estimates that car widths have increased 16 per cent in the last decade and parking sizes haven't got any bigger, so it's touting the system as one answer to the door scraping that comes with tiny parking spaces.

Self-parking cars are nothing new. Volkswagen showed off a self-parking car in 1992, Toyota has its Intelligent Parking Assist System (IPAS) that comes with some Lexus and Prius models, and Audi and Volvo have also got similar systems. Ford hasn’t given a data for the release of its try in the area, but has promised some news by Christmas.

While the new Ford systems appear to work as specified Google must be rather amused by the hoopla with which the car manufacturer is making over the technology. When you've built a car that can actually drive itself without incident then parking and slow-speed object avoidance must look like a piffling production. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?
How keen will buyers be when exposed to the real price?
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none
Forgive the double negative but seriously, no one wants this mobe
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.