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"Ford Exit Warning Warns Cyclists When A Door Is Opening"

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FordAuthority.com posted today this article where Ford has new tech that can help a avoid collision with opening car doors. As a cyclist I find this be welcomed technology. Will be interesting to see which Ford models will adapt this technology first and how effective it will be.

Source: https://fordauthority.com/2020/03/ford-exit-warning-warns-cyclists-when-a-door-is-opening/

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Ford says that in the UK, 60 cyclists are seriously injured or killed each year from something called “car dooring.” Car dooring occurs when drivers or passengers open the door of a car into the path of a cyclist. In Germany in 2018, car dooring caused around 3500 accidents, and Ford says the problem is expected to get worse. The problem is getting worse because more people are riding e-scooters and bikes in cities.
However, Ford has new technology that it believes can one day make it easier for cyclists to avoid dooring accidents called Exit Warning. The feature provides visual and audible alerts to road users and vehicle occupants when it detects that opening the door of a parked car might cause a collision. It could also prevent a vehicle door from opening into someone’s path.
Ford says that its vehicles already feature sensors and technology able to detect and brake for cyclists automatically and to help drivers know when other road users are in their blind spots. Using the existing sensors, Exit Warning would be able to analyze and understand the movement of approaching road users, whether they are cyclists or motorcyclists, on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. If the system detects opening the door could cause a collision, an alarm would sound to warn the driver or passenger of danger, and bright red LEDs on the side mirrors would begin to flash as a visual warning for cyclists.
A strip of red LEDs along the inner trim of the door would become visible when the door opens, providing further warning for passing road users. Engineers are also testing a new mechanism for the car door that momentarily prevents them from fully opening until the Exit Warning system determines the passing road user is clear of the vehicle. The vehicle occupant might be able to override that system in the event of an emergency. Ford announced recently that it was expanding its Spin e-scooter program into the UK and Europe. The automaker has also shown off a prototype emoji jacket that could allow cyclists to signal if they intend to turn, making them more visible to drivers.
 

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With the electronic door opening on the mach-e they could easily tie the opening to the parking sensors to help assist those inattentive people, had many a close call on when out riding a bicycle over here with idiots blinding opening doors.

That is the one negative point with the location of the mach-e door release I always try and open the door the the opposite hand that way you naturally twist and actually look behind before opening the door, with the mach-e door release being low and tucked in near the arm rest that may now become an awkward motion.
 

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This is great! I ride my ebike a ton and this is always a concern downtown.
 

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something called “car dooring.”
We call it a "Door Prize" in US.

Don't see that on the Mach-E mirrors but it would be good to add. Maybe use the existing "Blind spot indicator" light to flash as fast fix. Leave the BLIS system on until drive locks car so it sees bikers and flashes which it does already for bikes.
 

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Don't see that on the Mach-E mirrors but it would be good to add. Maybe use the existing "Blind spot indicator" light to flash as fast fix. Leave the BLIS system on until drive locks car so it sees bikers and flashes which it does already for bikes.
Seems like that could be programmed and sent out via the OTA updates.
 



 









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