No matter where you live, it’s likely you’ve hit a pothole or two while you’re driving around town – and there are few things that can ruin a lovely drive (or your poor car’s suspension components) like unexpected pothole jolts. Ford’s looking to make your daily drive easier — and slightly less pothole-ridden — by releasing a new Pothole Detection Technology in the newest Focus model to help mitigate the damage these dips in the road do.
The system can sense when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole, adjusting the suspension to help limit the harsh impact on both the vehicle and its occupants – all within a single second.
“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”
This new technology will become part of the Focus’s optional Continuously Controlled Damping system, which monitors the car’s suspension, body, steering, and braking inputs ever two milliseconds, adjusting the suspension accordingly to offer a top-notch ride.
Here at Transwest Ford, we can’t wait to see what Pothole Detection Technology can do. Hopefully, it will come to more Ford models soon.