The Blue Oval is readying its 2011 Ford Explorer for release later this year, and is packing the new vehicle with the latest engines for improved efficiency, new inflatable rear seat-belts for passenger safety, and something new called “curve control” for added stability. The new technology is built upon the 2011 Ford Explorer’s existing Roll Stability Control and Electronic Stability Control systems. Sensors help monitor what the vehicle is doing, while driver inputs are monitored to determine what the driver is wanting the vehicle to do through specifically wide turns.
Curve Control sensors check 100 times per second to determine if the vehicle is under control. If the sensors determine the vehicle is trying to negotiate a turn too quickly, the Curve Control system helps aid the driver in properly maneuvering the vehicle to keep it under control.
The system can slow the Explorer down by 10 mph in just one second by reducing engine torque and aggressively applying the brakes to all four wheels. However, if the driver wants to override the system, all he or she has to do is either apply the brakes or the gas.
Ford will be launching this technology in the 2011 Ford Explorer due later this year. Customers should expect Ford to add Curve Control to 90 percent of its trucks, vans, SUVs and CUVs by 2015, and eventually expanding the technology to its cars as well.