Ford is currently developing a system called ‘evasive steering assist’ to complement its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) setup, in the event that there isn’t enough room to avoid a collision with braking alone.

The emergency steering assistance works in a way similar to AEB by using radars and a camera to determine the car’s rate of deceleration in relation to the car in front, measures if there is enough room to stop in time, and speeds up the steering to help the driver take evasive action more easily.

“As soon as the driver tries to steer around a slower car in an emergency, evasive steering assist activates to help execute the evasive manoeuvre by making it easier to perform quick steering movements,” said Ford’s automatic driving and brake controls technical expert, Peter Zegelaar.


Evasive steering assist will only cut in if the driver takes evasive action, meaning that it will not effect steering action on its own, unlike autonomous emergency braking. In addition to the new steering system, Ford is also developing a system aimed at preventing drivers from entering motorways in the wrong direction, with a development of traffic sign recognition systems already in place in certain cars.

Along with Ford’s announcement of the emergency steering system is the development of its own cross traffic alert system, which alerts the driver of approaching traffic which he or she might not be able to see when reversing. Also complementing that is an enhanced version of active parking assist, which is meant to park the car fully autonomously without any input from the driver.