By Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor
Ford Motor Company is bringing to market a new generation of steering technology that will help make vehicles easier to manoeuvre at low speeds and in tight spaces.
At higher speeds, the new technology will help make the vehicle more agile and fun to drive.
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 a statement issued to PUNCH, Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development said, ?First and foremost, all Ford Motor Company products have to offer a great driving experience.?
He said the new steering technology can make any vehicle easier to manoeuvre and more fun to drive.
In traditional vehicles, this is a fixed steering ratio, with Ford?s new Adaptive Steering, the steering ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing the steering response in all conditions.
The new Ford Model, at lower speeds, such as when pulling into a parking space or manoeuvring in tight quarters, the new system makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn, as it dials more steering into the road wheel.
Each low-speed manoeuvre requires less turning of the steering wheel and at highway speeds, the system further optimizes steering response, enabling the vehicle to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input.
Also, the Adaptive steering can help the driver feel more comfortable and can make any drive more enjoyable.
Ford?s system uses a precision-controlled actuator placed inside the steering wheel, and requires no change to a vehicle?s traditional steering system.
The actuator ? an electric motor and gearing system ? can essentially add to or subtract from a driver?s steering inputs.
The result is a better driving experience at all speeds, regardless of vehicle size or class and Adaptive Steering will become available in the Ford Edge in future.
The system was developed for production by Ford in collaboration with Takata, a leading supplier of automotive steering and safety systems and a Ford Aligned Business Framework partner.