How Ford Split View “Around Corner” Cameras Work
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to make a turn when cars are parked all along the street that you’re trying to turn down, keeping you from seeing whether or not the coast is clear. Thankfully, there is finally a solution to the problem. Ford has developed industry-first split view cameras that work similar to rearview cameras, but they give you the ability to see what may be lurking around the corner. Even better is that this technology is already being implemented in new Ford vehicles.
The new technology is definitely unlike anything else currently on the market, and for that reason, we thought it would be helpful to take a closer look at how Ford split view “around corner” cameras work. The concept is actually quite simple, but often it’s the most simple answers that work the best.
Within the grille and the tailgate, there are small 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras that monitor the area in front of the vehicle and relay their findings to the dash-mounted screen inside of the vehicle. Seeing as the driver sits a few feet back from the nose of the vehicle, these cameras serve as another set of eyes on the road, and are able to see more than you would in the driver’s seat.
What really makes it great is that it’s not constantly turned on every time that you make a stop. To avoid interrupting anything else that you may have on the screen, the system only shows you a feed of the cameras when you request it. Then, as soon as the vehicle speed exceeds six mph, the feed shuts off, as the speed signifies that you made it through the intersection or around the corner.
One of the coolest features of the split view cameras is the jet washer. Since the cameras are so small and can easily be covered in dirt, keeping you from effectively using them, each camera has its own tiny telescopic washer to keep the lens clear. Some even have the jet washers for the rear cameras.
As of right now, the split view cameras are offered in the 2015 Ford Edge, as well as the 2016 Ford Explorer. The cameras are offered both in the front and in the back. According to Ford, the list of vehicles with front and back split view cameras will continue to grow. All light passenger Ford vehicles will get a standard rearview camera by 2018 and front cameras are expected to make an appearance on the majority of Ford vehicles by 2020, which equates to more than two million cameras a year.
To learn more about the Ford split view “around corner” cameras and how they work, we encourage you to check back here on the Matt Ford blog in the near future, as there is sure to be a video in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to check out the infographic that we have provided. To see the cameras in action for yourself, feel free to schedule a test drive of the 2015 Ford Edge today.
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