- Ford said it will debut a new adaptive steering system on select vehicles starting in 2015.
- The new system will make the vehicle easier to maneuver at low speeds and more agile at higher speeds.
- Ford has not spelled out which models will receive the system.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford said it will debut a new adaptive steering system on select vehicles starting in 2015.
The new system will make the vehicle easier to maneuver at low speeds and more agile at higher speeds.
Ford has not spelled out which models will receive the system, but such systems are beneficial for use in larger vehicles, such as pickup trucks and SUVs.
The automaker has not said whether the adaptive steering feature will be standard or optional and whether it will carry a price premium.
"This new steering technology can make any vehicle easier to maneuver and more fun to drive," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development, in a statement.
Ford's system fits entirely into the steering wheel, making it easier to install in a wide variety of vehicles.
"Adaptive Steering changes the ratio between the driver's actions at the steering wheel — the number of turns — and how much the front wheels turn," Ford said in a statement. "In traditional vehicles, this is a fixed steering ratio. With Ford's new Adaptive Steering, the steering ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing the steering response in all conditions."
The Dearborn automaker appears to be taking a page from the playbook of German automakers, including Audi and BMW. Audi touts its Dynamic Steering system, while BMW says its Servotronic system can help with low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
Edmunds says: Ford's compact system — cleverly located inside the vehicle's steering wheel — means this technology will be available to more mainstream buyers. We will keep consumers updated once pricing and product information becomes available.