Future Fords will use tech to avoid collisions

SAN FRANCISCO — Ford Motor is working on a suite of new driver-assist safety features for its production cars that stop short of offering full autonomy.

Among the technologies being developed at the automaker's Research and Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, include camera- and laser-enabled systems that can take over the steering wheel in an emergency to avoid high-speed collisions, as well as mapping-triggered dash alerts that warn drivers they're traveling down a one-way road.

These and other new safety products, which Ford announced Thursday, are expected to join the company's existing driver-assist features within two years. A range of Ford vehicles currently come equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and active park assist.

“Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that could deliver real-world benefits to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike," Scott Lindstrom, manager of driver-assist and active safety at Ford, said in a statement.

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