We have already been over Cadillac’s “automated” driving system, which is basically just an adaptive cruise control system that takes over the steering too. Basically, it is not a true automated driving system, but it is semi-autonomous. Well, we all knew that Ford wouldn’t just sit back and watch GM take over this realm, as it has just announced that its engineers are working on a slightly similar, but far more restrictive, system.

The system that Ford is working on is called Traffic Jam Assist, and it does exactly what its name tells you. When you’re get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can enable this system and it will move the car with traffic and keep it within the lines. This frees up your hands to do far more important things than look at the road, like text message, enjoy a coffee and doughnut, or reprogram your stereo system.

One the traffic clears up, the system asks you to take over and you’re then forced to attempt to complete the uncompleted tasks that you started in traffic while driving… What a bummer.

Ford has even released a video displaying the system, and we have to say that on 99 percent of the roads in the U.S. with heavy congestion, we doubt this system will do little more than increase your stress. From what we can see, this system waits for the car in front to get a good car length or two ahead of you before moving your car forward. That just may induce a few “friendly” honks and one finger salutes from the less patient drivers behind you.

So, unless Ford can develop a way to have the system respond more quickly, we can see this being a really cool feature until you catch the first severe traffic jam. Fortunately, this system is nowhere near ready for release, so Ford has lots of time to perfect it.

We’ll let you know if any new features of this system pop up.


What do you think?
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  (683) posted on 07.16.2012

They’ll help us on driving with less attention and can focus on reading SMS, answering calls and even using Facebook and twitter while driving. smiley

  (395) posted on 07.12.2012

I hope that the Ford will apply these ADS to all the units they have in their lineup.

  (798) posted on 07.11.2012

Mercedes has this kind of technology like Volkswagen. It’s able to fulfilling human transportation capabilities of an ordinary car.

  (630) posted on 07.10.2012

It’s helpful, but not always. Good for them that they have technology like that, but I think it’s not effective for US cities.

  (553) posted on 07.10.2012

That works well if the highway that you are traversing were jammed. It’s not totally a god concept. It just helps, but not dependable.

  (474) posted on 07.8.2012

Will this be popular in the States? I guess the projectile, and target is good. It’ll increase accident also on texting while driving, but it’ll tolerate those drivers lessening their focus on roads followed by their alertness.

  (4) posted on 06.28.2012

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