Designed to help prevent rollover accidents, CCT senses when a driver is taking a corner too quickly. Full details inside.
Ford has unveiled Curve Control Technology (CCT), a standard feature on the 2011 Explorer.
Designed to help prevent rollover accidents, CCT senses when a driver is taking a corner too quickly. When this occurs, the system will intervene and cut engine power. If the vehicle is still traveling too fast, CCT will apply the brakes to slow the vehicle by 10 mph in one second.
Effective on dry or wet pavement, the system works by "measuring how quickly the vehicle is turning and comparing that with how quickly the driver is trying to turn." To do this, CCT calculates inputs from various sensors (which measure roll rate, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, wheel speed and steering wheel angle) 100 times a second.
Approximately 50,000 accidents occur every year, in the U.S., because drivers take corners too fast. To help reduce the risk, Ford will offer CCT on 90% of their North American crossover, truck, and SUV lineup by 2015.
According to Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, "Too many accidents stem from drivers misjudging their speed going into curves and freeway off- and on-ramps. Ford's Curve Control technology senses a potentially dangerous situation and reduces power and applies brakes more quickly than most drivers can react on their own."
Check out the press release for additional information.