2018 Ford Mustang, F-150 Will Feature Night-Vision Pedestrian Detection System | Edmunds

2018 Ford Mustang, F-150 Will Feature Night-Vision Pedestrian Detection System

The 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Ford F-150 pickup will be available with a new pedestrian detection system that includes night-vision capability.

Ford already offers forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection on some models, but this will be the first time night vision is included.

The system uses bumper-mounted radar and a camera in the windshield to collect information and compare it to a database of common pedestrian shapes. If the processor determines that a collision with a pedestrian could occur, it first alerts the driver with sound and visual signals. If the drivers fails to respond, the system then automatically applies the brakes.

Ford says the camera is able to capture 30 snapshots every second and the processor can distinguish pedestrians from such objects as trees and road signs, even when the road is illuminated only by the vehicle's headlights.

"We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience. Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians — sometimes distracted by mobile phones — can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident," said Gregor Allexi, active safety engineer for Ford of Europe, in a statement. "Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in — or about to step into — the road ahead."

While developing the new system, Ford engineers conducted testing at night using life-sized dummies, first on test tracks and then on public roads in busy European cities, including Paris and Amsterdam. The system will be introduced on the new 2018 Ford Fiesta in Europe before it becomes available in North America this fall on the 2018 Mustang and F-150.

To find some other vehicles equipped with forward collision warning and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, along with other advanced safety features, check out the Edmunds lists of the safest sedans of 2017 and safest SUVs of 2017.

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