Ford Introduces Pothole Mitigation System in New Fusion V6 Sport
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Potholes are annoying and costly. Not only are they a nuisance, AAA estimates that damage from potholes cost drivers in the United States nearly $3 billion annually. While they may be unavoidable sometimes, Ford figured a way to reduce their impact on your car and your wallet.
Last week, Ford issued a press release announcing the summertime arrival of the new Fusion V6 Sport with pothole technology. The innovative new system uses onboard computers that received data from 12 high-resolution sensors. When a pothole is detected, the system adjusts the dampers to their stiffest settings, keeping the wheel from falling too deep into the hole, and softening the impact with the other side.
Jason Michener, Ford’s continuously controlled damping engineering expert, wasn’t thrilled with the testing process, but noted that the ends justified the means. “We tested and tuned this system by driving over countless potholes – subjecting Fusion V6 Sport to the brutal, square-edged potholes of our Romeo Proving Grounds to finesse the software,” he said. “It was long hours of not very pleasant work, but the results are well worth it.”