There's a very 2018 suite of assistance tech
The whole lot is bundled under a portmanteau trademark, which as you’d expect looks like a password: Co-Pilot360.
A fully-kitted Focus bristles with a front radar, another radar on each side, a front camera and an all-round array of 12 ultrasonic sensors. They don’t just operate independently, but their inputs are compared by the assistance computer. Sensor fusion, in the jargon. Result is some pretty big claims for the Focus’s intelligence.
For instance the adaptive cruise control takes account of vehicles ahead and to either side, as well as the lane markings themselves, to keep the Focus centred in its lane as it follows the car in front.
The optional LED adaptive headlights will broaden their beam shape predictively if the camera sees a roundabout or bend sign.
Or how about ‘evasive steering assist’. If the car calculates a crash is suddenly looming, the systems will figure out what looks like the safest clear gap to steer into, and eases the steering wheel one way or the other to help you go there. You can of course yank it the other way if you think you’ve a better idea.
Meanwhile the basic accident-avoidance tech is here: it will auto-brake if it spots a car, cyclist or pedestrian in front, or a crossing vehicle when you’re reversing into the road.