The 2011 Ford Explorer is taking one step closer to the future of precision handling by implementing Curve Control, a new technology that is anticipated to be available in over 90 percent of Ford vehicles within 5 years. Swinging too quickly while taking a ramp is something we’ve all done at one time or another, but what we may not be aware of is how likely it is to result in more than a close call. Within the United States alone, this common mistake is responsible for over 50,000 accidents a year. Curve Control is designed to sense when a turn is being taken too quickly and compensates by reducing vehicle speed anywhere from 1-10mph within a second.
Curve Control is an extension of RSC, or Roll Stability Control, and incorporates sensors into the measuring of such factors as roll, lateral acceleration, wheel speed, yaw and steering wheel angle. Over 100 calculations are potentially made every second to determine if the vehicle is not turning as much as the driver is steering the wheel. Should this undesirable scenario arise, the system accurately reduces engine torque and applies four-wheel braking to assist the driver in regaining control of his or her turn.
Sue Cischke, Ford’s VP of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering notes “Too many accidents stem from drivers misjudging their speed going into curves and freeway off- and on-ramps. Ford’s Curve Control technology senses a potentially dangerous situation and reduces power and applies brakes more quickly than most drivers can react on their own.”