Μετά την BMW και την Mercedes και η Ford έχει ετοιμάσει ένα αυτόνομο σύστημα παρκαρίσματος. Το σύστημα της Μπλε Οβάλ εταιρίας ονομάζεται Remote parking και αναλαμβάνει να παρκάρει και να ξε-παρκάρει μόνο του το αυτοκίνητο.
Παράλληλα η Ford ετοιμάζει και ένα αυτόνομο σύστημα οδήγησης των μοντέλων της, όταν αυτά βρίσκονται μέσα σε μποτιλιάρισμα. Το σύστημα της Ford ονομάζεται Easy cruising και βασίζεται σε ένα ραντάρ και μια κάμερα, ενώ παίρνει δεδομένα και από τα συστήματα adaptive cruise control και lane centering. Υπολογίζει την απόσταση από το προπορευόμενο όχημα και αποφασίζει πότε πρέπει να επιταχύνει και πότε να φρενάρει το αυτοκίνητο. Κάπως έτσι το αυτοκίνητο κινείται μόνο του στις χαμηλές ταχύτητες ενός μποτιλιαρίσματος, με τον οδηγό να μπορεί να παρακάμπτει το σύστημα όποια στιγμή το επιθυμεί, είτε πατώντας τα πεντάλ, είτε στρίβοντας το τιμόνι, είτε χρησιμοποιώντας τους δείκτες αλλαγής κατεύθυνσης. Το σύστημα αναμένεται να περάσει σύντομα στη παραγωγή.
Τέλος η Ford ανακοίνωσε πως από σήμερα (3/12) έχει κυκλοφορήσει μια αναβαθμισμένη έκδοση του λογισμικού του SYNC, το οποίο βρίσκεται σε περισσότερα από 5 εκατ. αυτοκίνητά της παγκοσμίως, ενημέρωση που προσθέτει τις Siri Eyes-Free δυνατότητες στους κατόχους των iPhone τηλεφώνων της Apple.
New Ford Autonomous Tech Turns Traffic Jams into Chill Time and Parks Your Car by Remote Control
- Ford is developing technology that could take some of the pain out of being in a traffic jam by reducing driver stress, improving traffic flow, and potentially help to prevent accidents
- In congestion, the semi-autonomous technology Traffic Jam Assist increases comfort by assisting the driver with steering, braking and acceleration. Cars ahead and lane markings are monitored by camera and radar
- Ford also is developing technologies that assist drivers to stay in the middle of their lane, to continue in cruise control even after coming to a stop, and to park by remote control
AACHEN, Germany, Dec. 2, 2015 – Being stuck in a traffic jam can be tiring, stressful and tedious. But that is exactly what drivers in Europe do for 30 hours every year on average.* Ford is currently developing a technology that could make driving in congestion more relaxing.
Ford Traffic Jam Assist assists the driver in keeping the vehicle centred in the lane and brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front of it.** The system is among a range of semi‑autonomous driver assistance technologies that Ford is developing.
Traffic Jam Assist is easily activated by pushing a button any time the driver encounters a traffic jam. The system identifies the position of vehicles in front using a grille-mounted radar; and the location of lane markings using a front-facing camera behind the windscreen.
The driver can take over at any time by using the pedals, the steering wheel, or turn signal. The system regularly monitors the driver’s interaction with the steering wheel. If the system detects a lack of steering interaction, it will issue acoustic and visual warnings. Depending upon the vehicle speed and location, the frequency of warnings will vary. However, the driver is still required to monitor the driving environment and be prepared to take control of the vehicle at any time.
“For many drivers, fighting heavy traffic on the way to work leaves them stressed, angry and exhausted, even before the work day begins. Traffic Jam Assist helps the driver maintain the distance to the vehicle ahead and helps to keep the vehicle centred in the lane. The system aims to reduce driver stress in dense traffic scenarios,” said Reid Steiger, technical expert, Automated Driving, Ford of Europe.
This year Ford announced Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data, while making millions of people’s lives better.
A recent Ford-commissioned survey of 5,500 commuters in major European cities found that commuting by car to work can be more stressful than work itself. *** Further semi‑autonomous technology systems that Ford is developing include technologies that help drivers stay centred in their lane, a cruise control system that enables drivers to easily resume their desired speed even after the vehicle has come to a complete stop, and a remote control parking system.
Easy cruising Traffic Jam Assist is made possible by the combination of two technologies that also are in development, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Centering Aid.
At the push of a button, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go is designed to utilise radar and camera information to detect the location and distance of vehicles ahead. It reduces the speed for slower vehicles and then resumes the desired speed when traffic clears. The operating range now enables drivers to easily resume their speed after a complete halt. **
Lane Centering Aid assists the driver to keep the vehicle centered in the drive lane. The technology builds on Ford’s existing Lane Keeping Aid technology.
“Whether you live in an area that constantly has traffic jams or just commute occasionally to areas where dense traffic jams are probable, Traffic Jam Assist aims to make those situations less stressful for the driver. This enables drivers to arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed,” Steiger said.
Remote parking Remote Park Assist builds on Active Park Assist, available on current Ford vehicles, and Fully Assisted Parking Aid, the next-generation parking technology which controls steering, gear selection and forward and reverse motion to facilitate push-button parking.
Vehicle sizes have increased by up to 25 per cent over the last 40 years, while in many cases garages and parking spaces have remained constant.****
Remote Park Assist will enable drivers to more easily park perpendicularly in narrow garages and crowded underground parking garages. Such systems will help to optimise parking space in ever-more crowded urban areas. For example, the technology could help parents who sometimes struggle to help young ones out of the car after parking in a tight parking space adjacent to other vehicles. Using a special key fob, the driver will be able to remotely start the engine and shift gears, from a better vantage point, standing near the vehicle. **
Ford Offers Apple Siri® Eyes-Free to Millions of Vehicles Globally Through SYNC® Software Update
- Ford is offering a software update to more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicle owners – with vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year – adding Apple Siri Eyes-Free capability for hands-free access to additional iPhone® features
- Ford’s unique global software platform approach with SYNC makes it easy to offer updates to customers, no matter where they live
- SYNC is the world’s leading entertainment and communications system with more than 12-million vehicles on the road and is recognized for being the first to widely and most affordably offer voice-activated technology to control smartphones
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 3, 2015 – Ford today is releasing a new software update for more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles dating back to the 2011 model year, adding more convenience for Apple iPhone users with Siri Eyes-Free capability.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone. Drivers can use just their voice to ask Siri for requests including:
- Making phone calls to contacts in their address book
- Looking up phone numbers for restaurants or other points of interest
- Setting a reminder or alarm
- Asking about the weather
- Select and play music
- Audibly send and receive text messages
- Getting directions through Apple Maps
The new software update is available for vehicles equipped with the second generation of SYNC, known as MyFord Touch in North America, ranging from model years 2011 to 2016.
The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/.
SYNC’s capability and its ability to receive software updates plays a key role in the Ford connectivity strategy being accelerated through Ford Smart Mobility, which is the company’s plan to take connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics to the next level.
SYNC is the world’s leading entertainment and communications system with more than 12 million vehicles on the road worldwide.