2017 Ford Fusion Gets Stop-and-Go Traffic Assist

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2017 Ford Fusion Gets Stop-and-Go Traffic Assist

Ford is helping Fusion buyers avoid some of the stresses of stop-and-go traffic. 

The Fusion already offers adaptive cruise control that allows it to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead while cruising on the highway. With the new stop-and-go feature, the Fusion will now fully regulate the throttle and brakes in traffic, and when the car in front comes to a complete stop, the Fusion will hold itself there. If the Fusion has to stop for more than three seconds, it will not move again until the driver taps the ‘resume’ button on the steering wheel or taps the accelerator.

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Ford says that it tested the technology in the thick traffic of Chicago and Los Angeles, where the average driver can spend up to an hour and a half a week stuck in traffic.

The new 2017 Fusion is also fit with a number of other safety technologies, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, which uses the same sensors as the adaptive cruise control does. This system can apply the brakes if a collision is detected, reducing the severity or even sometimes preventing frontal collisions.

Ford says that its new stop-and-go feature will be added to three new Ford vehicles in the new two years.

Pricing for the system was not announced. The 2017 Fusion should be arriving in dealer showrooms this spring.

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  • Hugh Jorgen

    Just more gadgets to lull the driver into a sense of security. Also mote thing to go wrong after the warranty expires. Why don’t people just learn to drive or give it up!

  • Hugh Jorgen

    Just more gadgets to lull the driver into a sense of security. Also, 1 more thing to go wrong after the warranty expires. Why don’t people just learn to drive or give it up!

  • BrownCounty

    My 2016 Subaru Outback Limited has adaptive cruise control (ACC) that operates like the description of the system for the 2017 Fusion. Having experienced it, I never want to drive another car without this feature. It’s not only a safety feature, it reduces the aggravation of stop and go traffic. And it’s great for long-distance Interstate cruising, as well.

    This doesn’t replace the driver, who must stay attentive and in control. But studies of accident rates, as in a study done in Japan comparing accident rates of cars with and without such safety technology, do show reductions in accidents. ACC can prevent a rear-ender when the driver glances to the side to read a street sign, for example, and suddenly finds the vehicle is about to hit a stopped vehicle ahead.

    Yes, the safety and driver convenience features we’ve added to vehicles over the years, from ABS brakes to hands-free management of phone calls result in a proliferation of gadgets that may need repair when the warranty period is over. I think ACC is well worth maintenance, as is the cross-traffic alert my Subaru gives if I’m backing out “blind” because there are big SUVs on either side, so that I can’t see oncoming traffic.