In order to assist drivers in ensuring that their vehicles remain in the proper lane, the Ford Lane Keeping System combines three separate components – Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Alert, and Lane Keeping Aid – to accomplish this task. This is all done through real-time analysis conducted by a small camera located behind the inside rearview mirror. The Driver Alert system kicks in when the system sees that the vigilance level of the vehicle isn’t up to standard. When this occurs, the driver will see visual cues as well as hear audible warnings given by the internal system.
How to program a Ford Lane Keeping System is simple and easy for any driver. Simply press the On/Off switch to turn Lane Keeping on. This position of where this switch is will vary depending on which vehicle model you may find yourself in but it’s typically located on the turn indicator stalk. Once it’s on, a user can use the four-direction control found on the left hand side of the steering wheel to choose the settings you want for your vehicle. Use it to select Driver Assist and then Lane Keeping System.
From here, a driver can change the mode to either “Alert Only”, “Aid Only”, or “Alert + Aid”. “Alert” will cause a three-pulse vibration to be sent through your steering wheel if the internal system’s statistical analysis sees the vehicle beginning to drift. “Aid” will assist the vehicle with a steering torque to bring the vehicle back into the appropriate lane should it find the same occurring. One is able to customize which preference is right for the driver – one, the other, or both.
With your Ford Lane Keeping System, one is able to change the intensity of the vibrations sent through the steering wheel within the same settings.
From here you’re all set! That’s it! What’s even better is you only need to do it once. The Ford internal vehicle system will permanently store your settings for you so all you need to do is turn on the On/Off switch and then you’re good to go.
In addition, your Lane Keeping System will be automatically turned off when the vehicle is operating at 38 mph or under. This feature was built in as a way not to create interference when the vehicle is being taken through a residential or urban zone where lane crossing is often frequent and intentional.
For those that don’t have a Ford Lane Keeping System, it is available in the new 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ here in North America as well as the 2014 Ford Explorer and the 2013 Fusion.
Hopefully this will play a role – even if it’s only a tiny one – in keeping drivers safe. This internal system will assist in identifying the habits of distracted drivers and ensure that they make the necessary changes to their driving pattern in real time to avoid a collision or an accident.
Though we certainly don’t recommend it, if a driver were to drive their Ford vehicle down a street after taking their hands off the wheel, one would see them driving from lane line to lane line as the system would work to prevent them from leaving the designated area. The lane keeping system operates at a high level of reliability though certainly isn’t an excuse for a driver to be lazy.
Should this happen too many times, where the system is kicking in every few minutes for assistance, then the driver will be advised through an auditory cue to pull over and rest.
This is a way to correct the habits of dangerous drivers and to ultimately keep everyone secure. This advancement in technology is sure to save lives in the coming years and that’s thanks to the people at Ford.
The lucky ones that already have a vehicle with the system installed now know that how to program a Ford Lane Keeping System is simple and only takes a matter of a minute or two. Be sure to.Back