2018 Ford F-150 Gets Optional Night Vision Pedestrian Detection
System Uses Camera, Radar, Database to Determine Objects
It was just two years ago that Ford introduced the all-new 2015 F-150. However, the company is not letting up anytime soon on the updates, with Pro Trailer Backup Assist added in 2016 and a thoroughly revised 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and 10-speed automatic for 2017. The 2018 model is receiving a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh, which adds an optional 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 and dual port/direct injection for the gasoline engines, as well as more wide utilization of the 10-speed automatic. Another feature that will be offered as an option on selected 2018 F-150 models is Ford’s new nighttime pedestrian detection system.
Combining inputs from a grille-mounted radar, windshield-mounted camera, and a database of “pedestrian shapes,” the system scans the road ahead at more than 30 frames per second, faster than a typical movie projector, cross-checking the feedback against its stored data. If it detects an imminent collision with a pedestrian, the system will sound an audible alert to prompt the driver to apply the brakes through a visual warning. If no action is taken by the driver, the system will automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision. The system will be introduced in the 2018 European-spec Fiesta compact. For North America, the system will debut in the 2018 F-150 and Mustang.