Ford develops new hill start assist for manuals
Manual versions of Fordís new Mondeo feature a hill start assist system that ensures thereís no rollback when the car is launched no matter how steep the gradient or how heavy the load. Intelligent software detects when the car is on a slope, automatically holding it for up to 2.5 seconds while the driverís foot travels from the brake to the accelerator pedal.
As soon as sufficient engine torque is available, the system releases the brakes without the risk of either stalling or rolling backwards. This means manual drivers no longer need to use the handbrake during tricky hill starts.
The system makes it especially easy to control a fully laden vehicle or when towing. With no chance of stalling or rolling backwards, it means the driver can keep both hands on the steering wheel and concentrate fully on driving safely.
Buttons located on the steering wheel allow drivers to turn off the system if they find it too awkward. It certainly has its merits and weíre sure other carmakers will soon be launching similar systems.