Ranger brings technology to the fore

The combination of passive and active safety features is at the heart of the next generation Ford Ranger, thanks to engineers who spent thousands of hours developing and testing safety features through both computer modeling and one of Ford’s most comprehensive physical testing programs. A new video from Ford summarizes the key features.

The Computer-aided engineering (CAE) model was created to test a variety of crash scenarios, including the full-frontal, frontal offset, pole test, rear offset crash test, pedestrian impact, and roof crush test. South Africa is one of the major manufacturing hubs for the Ranger series worldwide.

“The Ranger enjoys a solid safety legacy thanks to its Built Ford Tough lineage, and our testing efforts have gone beyond requirements to ensure Ranger safety is rugged and suitable for our customers around the world,” said Franco Moras, Ford Australia vehicle safety manager. “Customers want to be able to travel safely with their friends and family, and be able to move their cargo with confidence. The next-generation Ranger not only gives them the ability to help them tackle whatever they want at work or with family and friends, but also helps them do it with the safety and peace of mind they want, thanks to new driver assistance technologies. and safety features that the new model offers.”

Ford provides the following information about the key features of the Ranger:

Post-Collision Braking

Ford’s post-collision braking system applies the brakes after a collision to reduce the risk of a secondary collision. The system automatically operates with moderate brake pressure when an initial collision has occurred.

Pre-Collision Assistance

Pre-collision Assist uses a new wide-view windshield-mounted camera and radar located near the front bumper to scan the road ahead for potential collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists directly in front of your vehicle. If an impending collision is detected, the system issues audible and visual warnings. If the driver’s response is insufficient, the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system will be activated automatically. The system includes:

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

As part of the smart technology safety suite in the latest generation Ford Ranger, the pickup AEB system has been upgraded with cyclist and pedestrian detection capabilities and the ability to provide AEB support at intersections in some cases, thanks to the addition of a new, wider camera. This means, if the driver fails to take corrective action, the vehicle will brake automatically to help reduce the severity of multiple forward collisions.

Forward Collision Warning

In the event of a potential frontal collision, the next-generation Ford Ranger front-collision warning system will alert the driver with an audible warning tone, which also mutes the audio system.

Dynamic Brake Support

If the driver needs additional braking support, the dynamic brake support system (DBS) assists the driver by ‘refilling’ the brakes. Once the radar-based system pre-loads the brakes, it lowers the emergency brake assist threshold for a faster reaction. DBS does not automatically engage the brakes but when the brake pedal is depressed, full force braking is applied, even if the brake pedal is only slightly depressed.

Steering Aid Avoid

A segment-first feature, Evasive Steer Assist helps the driver avoid a potential collision with a slower vehicle or stop ahead by providing a boost to the steering wheel. This allows the driver to steer with minimal effort when a collision cannot be avoided by braking alone. The system is designed to operate at urban and highway speeds and uses the same cameras and radar used with the Pre-collision Assist feature.

Reverse Brake Assist

Reverse Brake Assist helps the driver avoid or reduce the potential for a collision while reversing. The system can detect moving vehicles or stationary pedestrians and objects behind the Ranger. The system can brake to stop the vehicle briefly if the driver does not react in time.

BLIS with Trailer Coverage

Ford Ranger customers love towing, so the team has upgraded the blind spot information system (BLIS) with trailer coverage that is not only new to Ranger but new to the segment. The system can be programmed to provide specific coverage depending on the length of the trailer the customer is towing (covers trailers up to 2.4 meters wide and 10 meters long) as one size does not always fit all. This system is like having a ‘set of eyes’ when changing lanes or merging onto a freeway. If a faster moving vehicle enters the Ranger’s blind spot zone, BLIS will notify the driver via a small light in the rearview mirror, so they know not to change lanes.

Line Maintenance System with Roadside Detection

Designed for use on country roads with speeds from 65km/h, roadside detection uses the front camera to monitor the roadside 50 meters ahead of the vehicle, day or night. Where the paved road is a soft curb, gravel shoulder or grass, this system provides gentle steering support as needed, to prevent the vehicle from drifting off the road. If the driver is still too close to the edge after the initial steering support, the system will vibrate the steering wheel, prompting the driver to return to the center of the lane.

Active Garden Help

When equipped with the e-Shifter, the next-generation Ford Ranger takes parking anxiety away with the new Active Park Assist 2.0. This next-level system allows customers to enter or exit parallel parking lots with ease, while making upright parking simple. The system scans and detects open parking spaces and can automatically push the Ranger in. The system controls the steering, accelerator, transmission and brakes – although the driver can take over at any time by braking or releasing a finger from the Park Aid button.

Need help getting out of the parallel parking lot? No problem. Active Park Assist 2.0 works for this too. Just activate the system, select a side and select N for neutral and the active garden assist will do the rest and prompt you as needed. Once the system moves the vehicle to a position where the parking space can exit with a forward motion, a message will appear instructing you to take complete control of the vehicle. Combined with a 360-degree camera, rear camera and front and rear parking sensors, the next-generation Ford Ranger is here to help.

Traffic Warning

Complicated reversal situations reduce stress a bit with Ford Ranger’s next-generation Cross Traffic Alert system. When the driver switches to Backward, the system activates, and will warn the driver of a vehicle approaching from the side, when backing off the driveway onto the road, or from a busy supermarket parking lot for example.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go

New in the Ford Ranger is adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature, which allows the driver to set the cruising speed in the next-generation Ford Ranger and then maintain a set speed distance from the vehicle in front. As the vehicle slows down, the Ranger slows down too, even when stopped in traffic; as traffic picks up speed, the Ranger resumes its pre-set speed and distance.

The system also features Lane Centering Assist, which uses the onboard camera to detect lane markings and provides advanced steering assistance to help you keep your vehicle in the center of the lane. Additional features of this technology include distance indication, distance warning and lane guard system.

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