2011 Ford Explorer will be equipped with Curve Control technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Consumers who put a premium on safety will be glad with the news that the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer, which will start selling later this year, will be equipped with another layer of safety features.

According to Ford Motor Co., curve control will be introduced in the new Explorer. This feature, which is an enhanced electronic stability control, is activated if a driver attempts to maneuver a turn too fast.

If the vehicle has this feature, sensors will detect if it is entering a turn too quickly. The brakes will then be applied to reduce a vehicle's speed by up to 10 mph within one second, while still allowing the car to go on with its intended path.

Ford safety experts reviewed federal crash information and found out that in the US, over 50,000 accidents occur each year on tight curves such as freeway ramps.

In a statement, Sue Cischke, Ford's group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said that too many accidents are a result of drivers failing to judge their speed accurately as they go into curves and freeway off- and on-ramps.

Ford said that this system -- an extension of electronic stability control systems will work whether on dry or wet pavement. When stability control is activated, sensors monitor several factors, including a vehicle's steering wheel angle, wheel speed, and tilt, to avoid a spinout or rollover by lowering power and applying the brakes on individual wheels when needed.

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