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Something pretty interesting is making its way out of Ford’s Silicon Valley-based research and innovation. The US carmaker has announced technology which will effectively allow drivers to “see” around corners.
More accurately, it’s introduced a split-view camera, which it says will help drivers see traffic and obstacles that enter the vehicle’s path from the side by displaying a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind a vehicle.
According to Ford, split view uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras in the grille and tailgate. A tri-panel display in the 8-inch screen helps customers understand quickly whether an obstacle is coming from either side or straight on. Split view is activated at the touch of a button and automatically shuts off when vehicle speed reaches 10km/h.
The technology makes its debut on the Edge and 2016 Explorer in the United States and China. Front split view is offered on Edge. Front and rear split view comes standard in the United States on the 2016 Explorer Limited on sale now and Explorer Platinum, on sale soon. Front split view is coming to the all-new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in Europe, available to order now. Split view will be offered on nearly all Ford SUVs globally by 2020.
Ford also says it plans on increasing cameras in its vehicles in general over the next few years.