Crucially, the system also uses infrared camera technology to carefully monitor the driver’s gaze and head position. The sophisticated camera can even see through sunglasses to check that driver attention is focused on the road ahead.
If the system detects inattention, warning messages are displayed in the instrument cluster, followed by audible alerts, brake activations, and finally slowing of the vehicle while maintaining steering control. Similar actions are performed if the driver fails to place their hands back on the steering wheel when prompted when leaving a Blue Zone.
“There’s a good reason why Ford BlueCruise is the first hands-free driving system of its kind to be cleared for use in a European country: We’ve proven that it can support the driver while still requiring that they keep their eyes on the road for their safety and that of their passengers."
Torsten Wey, chief engineer,
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Ford Europe