The facelifted 2015 Ford Focus will debut a next-generation stability control system from the Blue Oval which will predict potential vehicle spinouts and intervene earlier than previous systems to prevent the driver from losing control of the car.
The new system, called ‘enhanced transitional stability technology’, uses real-time sensor data to trigger slight braking inputs which will mitigate a spinout. The computer takes into consideration the car’s speed, steering wheel position, turn rate of the steering wheel and other factors when trying to predict if a skid is happening.
Ford engineers have been working to ensure the updated Focus feels more connected to the road and is easier to drive, the automaker says. The enhanced stability control system was created when they applied an algorithm from Ford’s Roll Stability Control System to the Focus’ traction control system.
“By recognizing scenarios that can lead to a potential loss of driver control before oversteer has developed, the enhanced transitional stability system is setting the recovery process in motion quicker than ever before – resulting in smoother, more refined control,” David Messih, brake controls manager for Ford North America said in a statement.