Ford offers Side Wind Stabilisation technology on Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles to help reduce driver stress on journeys in high winds.
The system monitors sensors 100 times per second, and if a gust is detected, carefully applies the brakes on one side to help the driver stay in lane.
As winter storms hit, strong gusting winds provide an additional challenge to motorists, particularly those driving high-sided vehicles.
“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.