August 17, 2005

Ford shares safety technology to advance vehicle safety

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced that it is licensing two recently-developed lifesaving technologies, BeltMinder and Roll Stability Control, to other companies in order to bring advanced safety technologies to customers.

“We feel so strongly about the safety benefits of our BeltMinder and Roll Stability Control systems that we have made these unique technologies available to other companies,” said Sue Cischke, vice president, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. “We’re proud to be at the forefront in developing technologies that enhance safety for our customers.”

Ford’s BeltMinder system is a safety belt reminder that takes over after the initial reminder stops chiming. If the driver remains unbuckled, the system chimes and flashes a warning lamp for six seconds, every thirty seconds, for five minutes or until the driver buckles up. Ford first offered in it 1999; by 2007, it will be expanded to cover right front passengers on all its vehicles. Ford has licensed the technology to four other vehicle manufacturers at no cost.

Roll Stability Control features roll-rate sensing and correcting capability, assisting the driver in maintaining control during extreme manoeuvres. The system automatically engages counter-measures to help the driver maintain maximum control and further reduce the risk of rollover. Ford has more than 80 patents and patent applications pending worldwide for the system; it debuted on the 2003 Volvo XC90 and was expanded to Lincoln SUVs for model year 2004. It is now standard equipment on the Ford Explorer and Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Aviator, and Volvo XC90; for 2006 it is standard equipment on 12- and 15-passenger Econoline extended-length wagons.

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