Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ford Fusion V6 Can Detect Potholes

Ford Fusion V6
When Ford's new Fusion V6 Sport debuted at the Detroit Auto Show a few days ago, everyone who saw it said it would come with dampers "that can detect potholes and automatically adjust the shocks to minimize impact ." Now, Ford has revealed what the system looks like in practice and visually, it's fairly incredible.

The Fusion's adaptive dampers read road conditions every two milliseconds and when it detects the edge of a pothole, it automatically stiffens the particular wheel's damper to its stiffest setting. Effectively, it allows the Fusion to skip over potholes, as Ford demonstrates with this video.

Ford claims this is the only midsize sedan currently on sale to offer this tech, but other advanced suspension systems of the past achieved similar effects. The hydropneumatic suspension in the Citro├źn DS was well known for its ability to iron out any imperfections and Bose developed a crazy suspension that could literally jump over bumps.

The development of modern suspensions systems that can mitigate poor roads while providing excellent handling is incredibly impressive.

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