Ford Pedestrian Detection: Saving Lives with Innovative Technologies

In order to prevent as many collisions as possible, Ford engineers have been hard at work developing the Ford Pedestrian Detection system. Believe it or not, pedestrians are injured every eight minutes in a car crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new Ford system can help eliminate these accidents.

According to Ford, Pedestrian Detection works by predicting movement and activating a series of safety systems. The vehicles will use radar and camera technology in order to scan the road ahead for potential collisions and detect pedestrians. If the driver doesn’t react, the car will activate full brake force in order to bring the vehicle to a halt.

“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”

This system can work at any time of day in any weather condition, at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Ford Pedestrian Technology has been tested for over 500,000 miles on 12 separate vehicles. It operates on more than 240 terabytes of test data—which is more than 20.4 trillion books worth of information. Few companies compare to Ford when it comes to collision technology.

Changing Your Air Filter: Proper Maintenance

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Changing your air filter is one the most important things to keep in mind during the fall. Not only will this regular service improve performance and efficiency, it can also help to extend the life of your car. Read on to learn more about the benefits of changing your air filter.

According to Cars Direct, one of the major benefits of replacing your air filter is increasing efficiency. Believe it or not, a dirty filter can clog airflow and reduce fuel economy by up to 14 percent. Because cars rely on smooth air flow in order to maintain combustion, a poor air supply could lead to poor gas mileage.

In addition to improving gas mileage, changing the air filter will reduce emissions as well. When air supply is low during the combustion process, this can lead to a rich air-fuel mixture. Not only will this increase the amounts of particulates that come out of the tailpipe, it can also damage emissions-control components like the catalytic convertor or O2 sensors.

When should you replace your air filter? The average driver should get a new filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. That’s roughly once a year. Even if an air filter looks clean, it’s a good idea to get a new one when the time comes. If you’ve had your filter for less than a year, you can also spray it out with compressed air to try and eliminate any buildup.