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.
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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