Ford Launching New Adaptive Steering Technology in 2016 Edge
Looking for a vehicle that’s easier to drive than your current model? Ford is hoping their latest in-car innovation will steer you toward buying the 2016 Edge.
The automaker’s new power steering technology is said to make, “it easier for drivers to maneuver a vehicle at low speeds while making the vehicle more fun to drive and agile at high speeds.”
According to Ford, here’s how to the system works:
Adaptive steering changes the ratio between the driver’s actions at the steering wheel – the number of turns – and how much the front wheels turn. In vehicles without the technology, this is a fixed steering ratio. With adaptive steering, the ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing the steering response in all conditions.
At lower speeds, such as when pulling into a parking space or maneuvering in tight areas, fewer turns of the steering wheel are required. Adaptive steering makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn as it dials more steering into the road wheel.
At highway speeds, the system optimizes steering response, letting the vehicle react more smoothly to each steering input.
Adaptive steering will be standard on Edge Sport and available on Edge Titanium. Ultimately, adaptive steering will be available for other Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the future.