Friday, March 16, 2012
By Manoj Kumawat
Ford B Max will have Active City Stop technology
The Ford B Max has received an award for its innovative technology Active City Stop. The technology helps avoid collision in city driving by automatically applying brakes. Thus reducing the risk of collisions in city. Earlier as well, the B pillar less, sliding door type multipurpose vehicle had drawn in its favor many awards for safety and use of innovative technology. After the latest show up at Geneva Motor Show, the B Max will be up for booking in Romania where it is being built. In India, the Ford MPV is expected to be launched during the festive season. The expected price of Ford B Max MPV is Rs 9 lakh and it will be creating tremors in the turf of the upcoming Maruti Eritga and the existing MPVs in India.
As per the details of the Active City Stop technology in service in the B Max, the system applies Brakes and halts the car if it detects a possible collision at low speeds. Notably, this system works at low speeds and does not work at high speeds as panic braking or automatic braking at high speeds causes the car to turn turtle. In addition to this feature, Ford B Max also has a facility that it automatically alerts the emergency services in the event of an accident and damage to the car. If one expects these features to be in the India version of B Max, it would be sheer exaggeration. Reason: in India, the city traffic is snail paced and there are unexpected pedestrians as well as animals and other objects suddenly coming your way that the car will brake more and move a little.
Ford will be taking the completely knocked down unit route to keep the car price low in India and later the Ford MPV will be completely built here with large amount of localization. Making India an export hub for the same is also on the cards of the American car maker.