The 2018 Ford Fiesta will soon be rolling onto lots nationwide, including Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Offerings for the new subcompact include an upgrade 1.0-liter turbo-three that can top out at 138 horsepower - 15 above the current U.S.-spec engine - as well as all-new Pedestrian Detection technology.
Using dually processed information from a bumper radar and windshield-mounted camera, the system is able to distinguish road hazards, even in low-light scenarios. Drivers are subsequently notified with visual and audible warnings.
According to a recent Ford poll, 81 percent of surveyed drivers in Europe are scared of night driving; the number increases to 87 percent for women. In efforts to address this notable concern, the Blue Oval's improved Pedestrian Detection technology was developed and tested at night, using life-sized dummies as realistic road obstructions on closed tracks. Ford's team also tested the feature on public roads in highly populated areas, like Amsterdam.