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 |  Oct 08 2013, 2:31 PM

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Ford has revealed new prototype vehicles fitted with the brand’s fully assisted parking and obstacle avoidance technologies.

The American automaker has shared a video showing a car that can park itself at the touch of a button from inside or outside the car. In addition, another prototype demonstrated combining automatic steering and braking to avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians.

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The push-button parking technology fitted to the Focus controls almost all aspects of the vehicle, including steering, gear selection, forward and reverse motion.

As for the obstacle avoidance technology, the prototype Focus issues warnings if it detects slow-moving objects, stationary objects or pedestrians in the lane ahead. If the driver fails to steer or brake following the warnings, the system will automatically take control in order to avoid a collision.

“The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies – including Fully Assisted Parking Aid and Obstacle Avoidance – that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford’s European Product Development vice president.

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