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2019 Ford Focus. Photo: Supplied
 
 
David McCowen | Jun, 25 2018 | 0 Comments

Ford has developed a pothole detection system which promises to make the new Focus a comfortable proposition.

The brand says a new Continuously Controlled Damping system available in the Focus has been designed to make potholes and broken surfaces more liveable than before.

According to Ford, “the system senses when a wheel is falling into a pothole and adjusts the suspension to limit how far the wheel drops”.

“Because the tyre and wheel do not fall as far, they do not strike the opposite side of the pothole as harshly on exit,” it says.

“The rear suspension can respond even faster than the front, with a signal from the front wheel providing a pre-warning to the rear wheel before it reaches the pothole.”

Unlike more advanced systems such as Mercedes-Benz’ Magic Body Control, the Ford does not read the road ahead - it simply senses when a wheel is unweighted, then braces for impact in a fraction of a second.

Beyond making cars more comfortable to drive, the system has the potential to save drivers money by reducing damage to tyres, wheels and suspension on rough roads.

The new Ford Focus is set to arrive in Australia in November.

 
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