As winter storms hit, strong gusting winds provide an additional challenge to motorists, particularly those driving high-sided vehicles.
That’s why all new Ford Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles are fitted as standard with a new technology that helps drivers stay in the lane when their van is hit by a sudden crosswind or the turbulence created by a large truck.
Side Wind Stabilisation is an advanced feature that was developed by Ford engineers and works by carefully applying the brakes on one side of the vehicle to reduce the effect of a side wind gust on the vehicle’s path.
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“No-one likes that feeling when your vehicle gets caught by a wind gust, or you are passing close to a fast-moving truck,” said Marc Suermann, chassis controls supervisor, Ford of Europe. “This new technology will help make driving less stressful for Transit drivers, particularly on those dark and stormy winter days.”
At vehicle speeds over 50mph, the Side Wind Stabilisation system monitors stability sensors 100 times per second. If a sudden gust is detected, the feature can become active within less than 200 milliseconds – the time it takes a sprinter to react to the starting pistol.
Ford engineers tested the new system at a special test track which uses six powerful fans to generate crosswinds of up to 50mph, as well as on public roads in areas which are notorious for strong winds on the coast.