Ford to Complete Rear Camera Roll-Out on Nearly All Models

Dec 03, 2010, 12:46 ET from Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will continue its aggressive technology onslaught by completing the roll-out of its innovative Rear View Camera System that will be available on nearly all Ford and Lincoln models by the end of 2011.

"Ford is making new innovations such as the Rear View Camera System available to a wide range of customers in most of our vehicles to help them see better when reversing," said Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics systems engineering at Ford.  "Our research shows that visibility is one of the biggest customer concerns today, which is why we are the only company to offer a Rear View Camera System, Blind Spot Mirrors and the radar-based Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic system."

Ford's system uses an exterior camera embedded in the rear of the vehicle that sends images to a video display in the rearview mirror or the navigation system screen to help enhance visibility directly behind the vehicle when the driver is in reverse.  The rearview mirror system allows customers a choice in systems.

Ford's Rear View Camera System image is overlaid with lines that mark the width of the vehicle and are shown either on a rear-view mirror display or navigation system screen.  The camera's low light capability, combined with the intensity of the vehicle's reverse lamps, helps illuminate the image even in dark parking areas.

"We believe Ford's Rear View Camera System is easiest to use because there are lines to mark the vehicle's size for easier parking in tight spots," Buczkowski said.

Ford's system will be offered on most of its full-size pickups, vans and crossovers – including the new 2011 Ford Explorer – with the added benefit of helping truck owners align and hitch trailers.

"The tendency with trucks is just to talk about the numbers, who has the most towing or the most payload," said Doug Scott, Ford's Pickup, SUV, and Commercial Vehicle Marketing Manager.  "We lead in both of those areas, but equally important is that we're making it easier to use that best in class capability. The Rear View Camera System makes hooking up to a trailer so much easier than it's ever been before, so trucks and SUVs are the ideal vehicles for this feature."

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com

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