Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Ford | posted May 30, 2014 08:08
Will be in select Ford models in 12 months
Ford, in collaboration with automotive steering expert Takata, is set to introduce what it calls ‘a new generation of steering technology’ – Adaptive Steering.
According to Ford, this new technology ‘improves steering feel at, making any vehicle easier to maneuver and more enjoyable to drive.’
The whole system comes housed in the steering wheel and will constantly monitor the vehicles speed and driver steering input and compensate accordingly by changing the steering ratio
It will also provide more steering response that will translate to more feel for the driver no matter the speed and terrain.
All in all, Adaptive Steering allows drivers to drive around tight spaces at low speeds and lot easier and will make the overall driving experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
“First and foremost, all Ford Motor Company products have to offer a great driving experience. This new steering technology can make any vehicle easier to maneuver and more fun to drive,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.
It will use a precision-controlled actuator placed inside the steering wheel, and will not change or alter the traditional steering system.
Ford will make Adaptive Steering available on select vehicles beginning next year.