Ford is giving us a look into the future by announcing several new safety systems that are currently under development.

First up, Traffic Jam Assist is a semi-autonomous driving system that uses radars and cameras to keep pace with the vehicle ahead as well as to steer the car itself. According to Ford Research and Innovation engineer Joseph Urhahne, "Drivers spend more than 30 percent of their time in heavy traffic. Traffic Jam Assist could help make traveling through congestion a more relaxing experience and, by keeping pace with the flow of traffic, potentially help relieve road congestion."

Since the system is built on existing technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, Ford says Traffic Jam Assist could be launched in the near future.

Ford is also developing a perpendicular parking system which is an evolution of the current parallel parking system. This isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it would probably prove more useful than the parallel parking function.

The Blue Oval is also creating a workload estimator which uses a variety of sensors to monitor the driver's stress level. If the car determines you're too busy, it could prevent incoming phone calls to eliminate distractions.

Gallery: Ford announces semi-autonomous driving system and upcoming safety tech

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