• 2019 Ford Edge

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.

Avatar By: Wheels.ca September 21, 2018
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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.

2019 Ford Edge

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.

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