2013 Ford Fusion, Explorer to Get Lane Mitigation System

Lane Keeping System
For the 2013 model year, the completely redesigned Ford Fusion will get an available lane departure warning system. The safety feature, usually reserved for luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz or Volvo, will help keep drivers aware of lane markings and alert drivers if they're drowsy.

The feature, which Ford calls the Lane Keeping System, uses a camera mounted on the windshield in front of the rearview mirror; it helps record and detect lane markings. Once the car is traveling faster than 40 mph, the steering wheel will vibrate — simulating the feel of going over rumble strips — if you try to change lanes without using a turn signal. If the driver doesn't respond and continues to drift into another lane, the electric power-assisted steering will kick in and slowly steer the car back into its lane, Ford says. (Mercedes' system works in a similar way.) If the driver is actively trying to switch lanes without indicating, the slight tug of the Lane Keeping System can be easily overridden, Ford says.

Lane Keeping System
If the system detects a driving pattern consistent with fatigue, an audible warning and visual alert will advise the driver to pull over and rest. If the driver doesn't heed the warning and continues to drive tired, the system will warn again, but this time more dramatically.

The Lane Keeping System will debut on the 2013 Ford Fusion, which will be unveiled at the 2012 Detroit auto show in two weeks. The Ford Explorer will also get the safety system in 2012. Compared with its midsize sedan competition, this piece of safety technology is pretty sophisticated for the category. Ford will continue to roll out the system across the automaker's lineup during the next couple of years.

We'll have more information on the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid on Jan 9.

By Colin Bird | December 29, 2011 | Comments (6)


Ken L.

Wow, it's one thing to alert you, but it's another to auto correct for you; between this and those auto parking features, auto windshield wipers, smart cruise controls, etc. I think the automobile will be fully automated sooner than we think. These are just bits and pieces of the whole package, and it's appearing in non-luxury vehicles. Major technology overkill, if you ask me. What happened to being a little self-reliant with the aid of technology?


Prius has had a similar option the past couple of years.


How well will this work on roads where the lane marking is worn to near invisibility?
How about construction zones with multiple lane markings (the "wrong" ones poorly obscured)?
The only thing smarter cars have brought us is dumber drivers!


Still no attempt to mitigate cell phone use in the car. Ok. My deceased "due to a texter" sister will be pleased to know things are still moving at a snails pace on this.


Why not combine the lane keeping technology with the technology that beeps when it senses something too close as you back out of the garage? That way, when the driver tries to change lanes without leaving enough room between his vehicle and one already in that lane, the car can refuse to allow the lane change. It could even say, "I'm sorry, Dave, I cannot allow that." And if the idiot keeps trying, give him a shock through the steering wheel.

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