The next-gen Ford Ranger offers a host of safety features for its driver and passengers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
THE next-gen Ford Ranger will offer some of the latest in crash protection features and driver assistance technologies, delivering more confidence on the road.
Ford engineers spent thousands of hours developing and testing the next-gen Ranger’s safety features, both via computer modelling and the most comprehensive physical testing program ever conducted by Ford outside of Europe and the US.
A significant number of computer-aided engineering (CAE) models were built to test various accident scenarios, including full-frontal, frontal offset, pole test, rear offset crash tests, pedestrian impacts, roof crush tests, and more. Additionally, the team conducted hundreds of physical tests to ensure vehicle safety performance was met and to validate the CAE modelling.
“Customers want to be able to travel safely with their friends and family and be able to move their cargo with confidence. The next-generation Ranger not only delivers on the ability to help them tackle whatever they want at work or with family and friends, but it helps them do that with the safety and peace of mind they want, thanks to the numerous new driver assistance technologies and safety features the new model offers,” said Franco Moras, Vehicle Safety manager, Ford Australia.
Among the key Ranger features delivering safety and confidence are:
Post-Collision Braking – Ford’s post-collision braking system applies the brakes after a collision to reduce the risk of secondary collisions. The system automatically engages with moderate brake pressure when an initial collision has occurred.
Among the best safety features of the next-gen Ranger is the Ford Adaptive Cruise Control, which adjusts the vehicle’s speed based on the other vehicle in front. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
(Enhanced) Pre-Collision Assist – This uses both the new, wide-view windscreen-mounted camera and radar located near the front bumper to scan the road ahead to detect a potential collision with another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist directly in front of your vehicle. If an imminent collision is detected, the system emits an audible and visual warning. If the driver’s response is not sufficient, the Automatic Emergency Braking system will activate automatically.
BLIS – Ford Ranger customers like to tow, so the team has enhanced the blind spot information system (BLIS), which is like having another “set of eyes” when performing a lane change or merging onto a freeway. If a faster-moving vehicle enters the Ranger’s blind spot zone, BLIS will alert the driver via a small light in the side mirror, so they know not to change lanes.
Lane-Keeping System with Road Edge Detection – Designed for use on rural roads at speeds from 65km/h, road edge detection uses a front camera to monitor road edges 50 meters in front of the vehicle, day or night. Where a paved road becomes a soft verge, gravel hard shoulder or grass, the system provides gentle steering support as required to prevent the vehicle drifting off the road. If the driver is still too close to the edge following initial steering support, the system vibrates the steering wheel, prompting the driver to steer back into the middle of their lane.
Cross Traffic Alert – Tricky reversing situations are a little less stressful with the next-gen Ford Ranger’s Cross Traffic Alert system. When a driver shifts into reverse, the system is active, and will alert the driver of a vehicle approaching from the sides, when reversing out of a driveway onto a street, or from a busy supermarket parking spot for example.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go – New to the Ford Ranger is adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature, which lets drivers set a cruising speed in the next-gen Ford Ranger and maintain a set pacing distance from the vehicle ahead. When that vehicle slows down, the Ranger does too, even down to a stop in traffic; when traffic picks up speed, the Ranger resumes its pre-set speed and distance.
The system also features Lane Centering Assist, which uses an onboard camera to detect lane markings and provides continued steering assistance to help you keep your vehicle centered in the lane.
Additional features of this technology include: Distance Indication, Distance Alert, and Lane-Keeping System.
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