Ford has developed a new robotic like steering system that can control the parallel parking process.
This mechanical process is an all-new driver aide technology available in the new designed 2010 Lincoln MKT three-row luxury crossover vehicle and later on other models.
Active Park Assist works in tandem with other new technologies Ford has developed, including:
•Ford's Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) is used to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculate the optimal steering angle and quickly steer the vehicle into a parking spot. Ford claims EPAS saves fuel primarily because the steering system is powered by an electric motor connected to the vehicle’s battery, as opposed to an engine-mounted, usually belt driven, hydraulic pump steering system. Ford expects to have this electric steering on 90% of all car models by 2012.
• Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) employs sensors on the outboard rear quarter panels that help monitor the traditional blind spot area. The system can notify the driver with a warning indicator light on the corresponding side view mirror if the sensors detect a vehicle in the blind spot.
• Cross Traffic Alert uses BLIS sensors to help detect and warn drivers of cross traffic when backing out of a parking space.
• BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert is optional on the 2010 several models.
• EPAS also features as standard equipment pull-drift compensation, a software-based technology that helps drivers offset vehicle pulling or drifting.