Some of the autonomous-driving features that Ford offers in Europe will come to the United States as soon as next year. The Blue Oval will add the pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection technologies that it has already installed on the Mondeo sedan in Europe. Those features, part of what Ford calls the “second of three phases” in driverless technology, will be brought stateside in a yet-to-be disclosed model, while most of Ford’s US vehicle line will have the features by 2019. It has been testing an automated Fusion for more than a year.
Ford is looking to build upon the autonomous-vehicle technology that it already has on models such as the Fusion, Taurus, F-150, Edge, and Explorer. Those amenities include active-park assist, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
Ford said early last year that it was working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to develop algorithms for use in driverless cars. The effort is part of Ford’s so-called “Blueprint for Mobility” geared toward autonomous driving features that are being developed over the next decade.