Lane keeping technology by Ford could help save lives


I guess with all the technological improvements that are incorporated into vehicles, we drivers start to relax ourselves more and more, taking things for granted while we are behind the wheel. Perhaps there should not be so much technology thrown behind the steering wheel so that drivers will always be alert each time they are behind the wheel. Ford’s latest exploits would be a new kind of lane keeping technology that is smart enough to detect a drowsy driver behind the wheel, pointing towards the need for a coffee break at the same time.

This new Lane Keeping System will roll out sometime early next year, where there will be a trio of unique features that were specially designed to assist drivers in maintaining control while they are behind the wheel. Among them would be a Driver Alert System which will notify drivers should it detects signs of drowsiness. If that happens, then a coffee cup light will appear on the dashboard instrument cluster – markedly suggesting for the driver to take a break.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether this will deliver a marked improvement in the reduction of accidents in the case of drowsy drivers. After all, if one is already so drowsy, would he or she be able to see the coffee cup light up? I guess something is better than nothing in this case. By the way, most of you would definitely be curious to know just how the Lane Keeping System works – well, a small forward-facing camera is mounted on the windshield located right behind the rearview mirror, allowing it to identify lane markings on both sides of the vehicle.

When you are on the move, the camera will scout the road ahead, predicting just where the vehicle should be positioned relative to the lane markings. Tests have involved thousands of miles throughout the US, so you are rest assured that this will work as specified. As mentioned earlier, if you do not respond in time after the coffee cup has lighted up, another warning and chime will be issued.

If you make a pit stop, all information will be reset, so why not take that moment to grab a caffeine boost before resuming your journey?

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One review or comment

erer Says: January 23, 2012 at 4:55 am

BS. It will kill you by preventing you from making an emergency swerve around an obstacle, since a driver normally does that in a split second without a turn signal.

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