June 23, 2015
Even the best and most careful of drivers have experienced this problem before—a traffic accident caused because a vehicle or pedestrian “snuck” up on an unassuming motorist. These sorts of accidents are common in the U.S., but they are prevalent overseas—in fact, one European road safety group estimates that one in five accidents occur because the driver’s view was obstructed.
To alleviate this issue, Ford of Europe announced that two current models, the S-MAX and Galaxy, would come equipped with a Front Split View Camera in the vehicle’s front grille. A push of the button activates the discreetly installed camera, which allows the driver a 180-degree view of traffic in order to take the guesswork out of negotiating blind junctions and to “see” around corners.
The 1-megapixel camera transmits images to an 8-inch color touchscreen through which the driver can spot incoming vehicles or pedestrians in areas where visibility is limited. In addition, the system deploys a telescopic jet-washer to keep the lens clear while the windshield wiper is in use.
The Front Split View Camera project is a continuation of Ford’s ongoing efforts to increase driver safety. Many Ford models already offer Rear View Camera and Cross Traffic Alert technology that aids drivers seeking to maneuver while their vehicle is in reverse.
Someday, perhaps Front Split View Camera technology will make it stateside. In the meantime, check out this live demonstration from our friends at Ford Europe: