The new Cross Traffic Alert feature will assist drivers in backing up by warning drivers of impending traffic while reversing. The feature works in conjunction with Ford’s previous radar-based blind spot monitoring system, utilizing two sensors mounted in each rear quarter panel. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding side-view mirror providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar when in reverse to pick up moving objects within a 65-foot range from either the left or right side of the vehicle. The system will be available as an option from next year in the U.S. but is expected to filter across to Ford’s international lineup.
Other carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar have introduced similar radar based monitoring systems but it’s good to see more mainstream brands such as Ford improving safety by offering similar devices across its lineup.