With the all-new, 2019 Ford Focus, reversing out of a tight spot with limited visibility might just be less stressful than ever, thanks to a new, 180-degree backup camera that allows the car to “see around corners,” so to speak. The “Rear Wide View Camera,” as Ford is calling it, is located just above the license plate on all-new Focus models, and it provides the driver a complete view of both what’s directly behind the car, and what might be about to cross behind it.
“We know that for nearly all our customers, reversing is a crucial part of their daily drive – and one that some of them really don’t enjoy,” says the Chief Program Engineer for the Ford Focus, Glen Goold. “This little camera is helping us to make a big step forwards in making it easier to go backwards.”
In the 2019 Ford Focus, the Rear Wide View Camera comes coupled with Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert – a radar-based system that can issue warnings to the driver when there’s a hazard directly behind the vehicle or about to cross. Should the driver fail to react appropriately, automatic braking intervenes, lessening or completely avoiding a reverse collision.
Ford has gotten more serious about high-tech safety features of late, in March announcing “Co-Pilot360” – a standard suite of active safety features that’s bound for the refreshed Ford Fusion sedan and Edge crossover. It represents a big pivot from last year, when Reuters found that Ford Motor Company was trailing behind many of its competitors with regard to active safety tech, having installed automatic braking in only two percent of its new US vehicles.