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New Ford B-Max Emergency Assistance

Fancy crashing a new Ford B-Max into a hedge?

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 30, 2012
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Fancy crashing a new Ford B-Max into a hedge? Nope? Me neither, to be honest - but it might be the best way to test a remarkable new feature. This five-seater multi-purpose vehicle has an 'Emergency Assistance System'. This operates automatically after an accident, assuming that the B-Max's fuel line has shut and/or its air-bags deployed. First and foremost the system contacts the emergency services. It then relays the vehicle's position – courtesy of GPS – and reassures the motorist that help is on the way. And guess what? The Emergency Assistance System operates in Europe too. As such, it contacts our foreign friends in their own languages while speaking English to the motorist. Phrases such as... “look what you have done to my paint” do not feature in the vocabulary.

That said, there is no reason to park a new Ford B-Max in a pile of foliage. Why? Because it is available with an Active City Stop System which monitors the distance to the vehicle ahead then – if required - brakes automatically to avoid or reduce the severity of an impact. This operates at low speeds only, so best not rely on it too much. The B-Max is also available with the Ford SYNC system that keeps motorists pinkies on the wheel. This enables users to connect mobile phones and music players by Bluetooth or USB, then make hands-free calls and control music via voice commands. This safety system also reads text messages aloud, and motorists can programme standard responses such as “I’ll be late for the meeting” or “I have just tested my Emergency Assistance System”. Oh dear.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 30, 2012
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