AI gives Ford a Greater Edge
The new 2019 Ford Edge, including all-new performance-enhanced Edge ST, introduces new all-wheel-drive disconnect, a first-for-Ford system that helps improve traction and reduce gas usage over the previous model.
The new 2019 Ford Edge with available all-wheel drive is smart enough to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between two-wheel and all-wheel drive.
The feature provides all-wheel-drive traction when it is needed, and helps reduce fuel consumption when it’s not.
The system is called all-wheel-drive disconnect, a first-for-Ford technology that uses a form of artificial intelligence that can calculate quicker than the human brain.
Based on information received from dozens of high-tech sensors, the new Edge can determine in a fraction of a second whether all-wheel drive is needed.
The system uses an all-new dedicated electronic brain that receives inputs from dozens of sensors throughout the vehicle.
It interacts with the traction control system to detect wheel slip, receiving inputs from the anti-lock brakes to learn if that system is active.
It even detects if the windshield wipers are on, whether the Edge is towing a trailer, and the outside temperature.
Power control – on the fly
An algorithm that uses “fuzzy logic” processes all of the data to determine if all-wheel or front-wheel-drive are optimal. Constantly monitoring, the system can detect in 10 milliseconds the need to engage or disengage all-wheel drive.
It can quickly distribute up to 100 percent of the available power from the front to the rear wheels, depending on driving conditions detected by the system.
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