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See your way clear with Ford
New Front Split View Camera provides panoramic view to spot pedestrians and vehicles
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What's all this about?

Ford is helping drivers see round corners with the introduction of forward-facing cameras for the S-MAX and Galaxy. Available as an option, the 'Front Split View Camera' provides a 180-degree field of vision to spot approaching vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians even if walls, vegetation or other vehicles obstruct the view.

How does it work?

A camera is mounted in the front grille that relays images in real-time to the eight-inch colour screen in the dashboard. The system is activated at the push of a button. To keep the 33-millimetre camera clean a retractable washer jet operates whenever the windscreen wipers are used.

What are the benefits?

Statistics from the European Road Safety Observatory SafetyNet project indicated that 19 per cent of drivers involved in accidents at junctions experienced an obstructed view. A report by the Department of Transport stated that external factors affecting vision contributed to 11 per cent of all road accidents.

The technology has been tested in a range of conditions including tunnels, narrow alleys and garages. Work was carried out on congested urban streets in all light conditions from dawn to dusk; the camera is said to give a clear image even when the sun shines directly into the lens.

Keith Freeman, an AA Quality Training Manager, who also trains young drivers as part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life programme, said: "Pulling out at a blind junction can be a tricky manoeuvre for new and experienced drivers alike. The best approach has traditionally been to simply lean forward to get the best view whilst creeping forwards with the windows wound down to listen for approaching vehicles, but cyclists are a particular risk as they can't be heard. This technology will certainly make emerging from anywhere with a restricted view so much safer and the experience less nerve-wracking for those behind the wheel."

John Lambert - 25 Jun 2015

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