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‘Co-Pilot360’ Driver-Assist Suite Coming To Ford Vehicles Soon

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A new suit of active driver-assist technologies dubbed “Co-Pilot360” will start rolling out in new Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs this year, starting with the refreshed, 2019 Ford Edge crossover and first-ever Edge ST. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian-detection, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, rear backup camera, an automatic high-beams.

This announcement comes just months after a report stated that Ford installed automatic braking systems in just 2 percent of its 2017 passenger vehicles in the US – a smaller share than any other major automaker doing business in the country. Ford, with more than a dozen other automakers, has signed an agreement with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make such technology standard by September, 2022.

A new infographic released by Ford compares its forthcoming Co-Pilot360 driver-assist suite with what’s currently available in North America from other non-luxury automakers:

Ford Co-Pilot360 comparison infographic

In addition, Ford next year will introduce reverse brake assist with AEB in the North America and Asia Pacific markets, helping mitigate the risk of drivers backing into/over obstacles like other vehicles or pedestrians. And a $500-million investment over the next five years will help the automaker develop even more new driver-assist and active safety technologies.

Ford Co-Pilot360 features infographic

“Though our vehicles today are safer than ever, drivers tell us they are still stressed about getting in a potential accident,” says Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley. “That’s one reason why we’re making these must-have technologies accessible to millions of customers each year.”

Farley says that Co-Pilot360 will be available on “almost every Ford car, truck, and SUV by 2020.”

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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