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New Ford Focus to Offer Pothole Detection Technology

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2019 Ford Focus pothole detection

The general feeling toward potholes could rather easily be summed up in the immortal words of an Oklahoma City resident who became an overnight meme sensation (memesation?): “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Unfortunately, potholes are just an expected part of the driving experience no matter where you live. Ford reports that a pothole was repaired on the roads of England and Wales every 21 seconds over the course of a year; Rome had a set goal of repairing 50,000 potholes in just a month; and more than 6,000 potholes were reported in Cologne, Germany this year alone.

Because potholes tend to crop up more quickly and in too great a number for governments to repair — you could say that they ain’t got time for that, probably — Ford’s new Focus will introduce pothole detection technology that helps mitigate the damage they can do.

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To ensure the effectiveness of this technology, Ford tested the Focus at its Belgium test facility, which features a test road replete with awful potholes and road hazards. If the Focus can make it there, it can make it anywhere.

“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”

The pothole detection system will be offered as part of the Focus’ Continuously Controlled Damping system. If you intend on buying a new Ford Focus, you’ll definitely want to make time for this technology.

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