Ford scoops safety and semi-autonomous award

The Centre of Automotive Management based in Germany named it the category winner after considering innovations from 18 global automotive groups representing 53 brands. The new Ford Focus also won in its class and the all-new Ford Mondeo was in the top three in its segment.

Ford’s winning safety and driver assistance systems include Active Park Assist that helps drivers to park both alongside and parallel to other cars and automatic braking technology Active City Stop that operates at speeds of up to 30mph.

The Centre of Automotive Management is an independent institute for automotive and mobility research and strategic consulting at the University of Applied Sciences, Bergisch Gladbach, in Germany.

Its AutomotiveINNOVATIONS awards recognise automotive engineering innovation and the judging panel, led by centre director Dr Stefan Bratzel, reported that driver assistance systems accounted for nearly 300 of the innovations submitted.

“AutomotiveINNOVATIONS identified the future trends in the automotive industry on the basis of more than 1,200 technical innovations,” Bratzel said. “The award for Ford as ‘Most Innovative Volume Manufacturer’ proves the innovative power of the brand. With Focus and Mondeo, many of the innovations have already found their way into production.”

Jurors also recognised Ford for the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that last year became the first engine to be named International Engine of the Year three years in a row, and the company’s Electronic Stability Programme technology.   

Launched last year, the new Focus is sold in more than 140 markets worldwide and also offers voice-activated SYNC 2 technology that enables drivers simply to say “I’m hungry” to bring up a list of local restaurants, which they can then get directions to.

The new Mondeo offers technologies including an inflatable rear seatbelt combining airbag and seatbelt features, and Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that can automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond to warnings.

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