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2017 Ford Fusion Will Be Available with Stop-and-Go Technology

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2017 Ford Fusion Platinum

2017 Ford Fusion Platinum

The upcoming 2017 Ford Fusion will feature a new stop-and-go technology that will automatically help the driver maintain a safe driving distance. According to Ford, this feature was put in place to help drivers reduce stress in high-congestion situations. Because, you know, stress behind the wheel is a real drag.

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Ford cites the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which found that American drivers spent 6.9 billion hours stuck in traffic in 2014. That shakes out to an average of about an hour every week lost to the road, and if you lose an hour of your life to gridlock, you’re gonna have a bad time. Naturally, drivers in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC lost something closer to 1.5 hours or more.

With those cities in mind, Ford made adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology available for the new 2017 Fusion, which will also be offered with ride-smoothing pothole mitigation technology.

“When testing this system, we traveled to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, heading straight for the worst possible congestion,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver-assist technologies manager. “It was important for us to test this system under conditions the average driver encounters every workday.”

The 2017 Fusion will be first Ford vehicle offered in North America with both adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, but Ford notes that it intends to add stop-and-go technology to at least three new vehicles within the next two years. The new Fusion is set to go on sale later this spring.

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