Ford’s all-new Mondeo will debut their new pedestrian detection technology which can help reduce the severity of accidents or help drivers avoid them. Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path, if the system detects a potential collision it automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond to warnings. The system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera, and radar located in the bumper, and checks it against a database of “pedestrian shapes” to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.
If a pedestrian is detected in front of the car, and a collision becomes imminent, the driver will first receive an audible and visual warning. Should the driver not respond, the system then shortens the time required to apply the brakes by reducing the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the driver the brakes are applied automatically and the vehicle speed is reduced.
The all-new Mondeo will arrive in Ireland in November, with prices commencing from €28,995 it will be available across two grades, Zetec and Titanium. Customers can choose from a five-door hatch and a wagon estate variant. Just some of the standard specification on the Zetec model includes, 16” alloy wheels, front fog lights, daytime running lights, MyKey SYNC, cruise control and auto start stop. The Mondeo Titanium features 17” alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, power-fold mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, land keeping aid, traffic sign recognition, 8” touchscreen and sports seats.
Powering the new Mondeo is a range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.6-litre diesel produces 115hp and there is also a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine available. In early 2015 the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will be offered, along with a new 1.5-litre 160hp EcoBoost petrol engine. Also in 2015 Ford will introduce the Mondeo Hybrid, a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.