New US models' equipment: greater availability of blind spot systems and other ADAS

Outline of features on new GM/Ford/Chrysler models introduced in the US

2011/04/21

Summary

 The following is a summary of major equipment available on the new models (passenger cars and light trucks) launched by GM, Ford and Chrysler in the U.S. market in and after the spring of 2010.

 Among the driving stability equipment, the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is a standard feature on practically all new models (the U.S. Department of Transportation requires such systems on all models starting with the 2012MY). Certain SUVs have the Roll stability control as well.

 Regarding collision safety, the knee airbag that protects the driver's lower limbs is becoming a standard feature on many models.

 As for the visibility equipment, the rain-sensitive windshield wipers that detect raindrops and wipe the windshield automatically when needed are becoming available, especially among high-end models.

 Driving and parking assists include the Blind spot information system that alerts the driver of another vehicle entering the blind spot and the Cross traffic alert that alerts the driver of other vehicles approaching when entering a street in reverse gear. The availability of these and other advanced driving assists is increasing.

 Systems addressing the comfort and convenience of increasing availability include the Dual zone climate control that allows the driver to control air conditioning separately for the driver and for the front seat occupant, and the Remote vehicle start for starting the engine and adjusting the air conditioning before entering the car.

GM/Ford/Chrysler: Main features on the new models launched in the US market in and after the spring of 2010

Equipped as standard on all grades
Driving stability Roll stability control Ford Explorer
Collision safety Driver knee airbags Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Fiesta,
Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger
Airbags for rear seat Chevrolet Cruze
Driving assist Hill start assist Ford Explorer, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango,
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Visibility Automatic-dimming rearview mirror Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CTS Coupe, Buick Regal
Comfort &
convenience
Dual zone climate control Cadillac CTS, Buick Regal, Dodge Durango,
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Remote vehicle start Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CTS Coupe
Equipped as standard on certain grades
Driving stability Roll stability control Dodge Durango
Driving &
parking assist
Blind spot information system Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango
Rear cross path detection system Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango
Rearview camera Cadillac CTS Coupe, Ford Explorer, Chrysler 300,
Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Visibility Automatic-dimming rearview mirror Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Explorer, Ford Fiesta,
Dodge Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Rain-sensitive windshield wipers Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango,
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Comfort &
convenience
Dual zone climate control Ford Focus, Ford Explorer, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger
Remote vehicle start Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Explorer, Chrysler 300,
Dodge Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Equipped as optional
Collision safety Airbags for rear seat Buick Regal, Ford Explorer (Note )
Driving &
parking assist
Blind spot information system Ford Explorer, Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Rear cross path detection system Ford Explorer, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger,
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hill start assist Ford Fiesta
Rearview camera Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus, Dodge Charger
Visibility Automatic-dimming rearview mirror Ford Focus, Chrysler 300
Rain-sensitive windshield wipers Ford Focus, Ford Explorer
Comfort &
convenience
Remote vehicle start Ford Focus

(Note) Among the vehicles which equip the airbags for rear seats as optional, the Ford Explorer features the inflatable rear safety belts (safety belts that inflate like airbags).



GM: Ten airbags used on the Chevrolet Cruze, eight on the Chevrolet Volt

 GM's standard collision safety equipment are characterized by a set of ten airbags used on the Chevrolet Cruze including the side airbags in the rear seat and the front seat knee airbags, and eight airbags on the Chevrolet Volt PHEV.

 As for GM's standard features addressing visibility that are used on nearly all new models, the Automatic-dimming rearview mirror automatically controls the mirror's reflectance according to the amount of ambient light to generate the antidazzle effect. The Adaptive forward lighting, available on the Cadillac CTS Coupe, changes the angle of the headlamp orientation to synchronize with the actual direction of the vehicle's motion.

 The Heated front seats are available on all four models and the Ventilated front seats are available in addition on the Cadillac CTS Coupe.

 The Injury Severity Prediction that automatically calculates the injury severity attributable to a crash has been available since early 2010 on GM's telematics service called OnStar, a standard feature on all four new models.

 The owner of the Chevrolet Volt PHEV can use OnStar apps to check the charge level of the PHEV or start the engine and control the vehicle's air conditioning from a distance using his or her smartphone.

GM:New passenger car models launched in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 (new models and fully-remodeled cars)

  Launch Market positioning, character and characteristic
Chevrolet Volt Nov. 2010 The compact hatchback PHEV is a serial-type hybrid using 16kWh lithium-ion battery and runs 64km on EV mode after full charging. When the battery level goes down, the 1.4L gasoline engine comes in to generate electricity and charge the battery.
Chevrolet Cruze Q3 2010 The compact sedan boasts roominess and amenities that belong to mid-sized cars, and high fuel efficiency that belongs to compact cars. It rivals the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla and is powered by the new 1.4L turbocharged or the 1.8L engine + 6-speed MT/AT.
Cadillac CTS Coupe Aug. 2010 The medium-sized premium sports coupe built after the Cadillac brand's design policy of "Art and Science" comes in a traditional 2+2 layout. Powered by the 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine and 6-speed AT and rivals the BMW 335i Coupe, Audi A5, and Infiniti G37 Coupe.
Buick Regal Q2 2010 The mid-sized sports sedan is a Buick version of the Opel Insignia and shares the platform with the LaCrosse as well. Powered by the 2.4L direct-injection engine or 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged engine and 6-speed AT. It rivals the Acura TSX and the Volvo S60.

GM:Major equipment on new Chevrolet/Cadillac/Buick brand models

Models introduced in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 are listed. (◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on certain grades, △= Optional)
Model Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Cruze Cadillac CTS Coupe Buick Regal
Car Car Car Car
Launch Nov. 2010 Q3 2010 Aug. 2010 Q2 2010
Driving stability Brake assist    
Traction control system  
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system (Note 1)
Interactive Drive Control System (Note 2)      
Chassis continuously variable real time damping (Note 3)      
Collision safety Dual-stage frontal air bags
Seat-mounted side-impact air bags (front)
Seat-mounted side-impact air bags (rear)    
Head curtain side impact airbag  
Front knee airbags    
Driving & parking assist Rearview camera   ○△  
Ultrasonic rear parking assist ○△ ○△
Ultrasonic front parking assist      
Visibility Automatic headlamps    
Bi-Xenon HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps      
Xenon HID headlamps      
Adaptive forward lighting      
Daytime running lights
Power & heated exterior mirrors ○△
Automatic-dimming rearview mirror ○△
Seat 10-way power driver/passenger seat with 2-way power lumbar      
8-way power driver seat    
Driver seat with 4-way power lumbar      
8-way power front passenger seat     ○△
Front passenger seat with 4-way power lumbar       ○△
Seat memory      
Heated front seats
Ventilated front seats      
Comfort & convenience Dual zone climate control    
OnStar (Note 4)
OnStar mobile app (Note 5)      
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity ○△
Remote keyless entry
Remote vehicle start ○△  
Keyless auto touch doors (Note 6)      
Power tilt/telescopic steering column      
Heated steering wheel     ○△  
Pedestrian-friendly alert (Note 7)      
Source: GM's press releases on new models, on-line catalogs as of late March 2011
(Notes) 1. StabiliTrak is GM's terminology for ESC.
2. The Interactive Drive Control System allows the driver to choose the best driving mode from among Standard (best for all driving conditions), Tour (best for extended, relaxing driving) and Sport (best for active driving) that change the suspension settings, throttle responses etc., according to his or her taste.
3. The Chassis continuously variable real time damping constantly checks the road conditions at the frequency of 500 times per second, and regulates the suspension according to the change in terrain and the driver's driving style to reduce vertical movements during braking and lateral movements during cornering.
4. The Automatic Crash Response of the OnStar, GM's telematics service, uses an on-board sensor to detect crash and sends crash data to the advisor. The Injury Severity Prediction, available since early 2010, automatically calculates the estimated injury severity based on the data, and the advisor gives instructions to the emergency rescue staff as to the level of care required and the transport destination of the patient accordingly.
5. The OnStar mobile app allows the Volt owner to use his or her smartphone to check the car's battery charge level, available range, tire pressure, remote lock and unlock, and even activate the remote start to control the air conditioning before entering the car.
6. The Keyless auto touch door system has a touch-pad type switch in the recess near the door opening and the door is unlocked when a person carrying a key fob touches the pad. This has eliminated the ordinary door handle to enable more technical and clean styling.
7. The Pedestrian-friendly alert is an audible warning system for visually impaired pedestrians and other drivers to prevent accidents attributable to the Volt's silent motor operation approaching in low speeds. The system is not automatic and must be activated by the driver as needed.

 



Ford: Curve control and other advanced driving stability systems featured on the Explorer

 Ford's standard driving stability systems include the Curve control, found on the Ford Explorer, an SUV, that applies the brake automatically when the corner entering speed is too fast, and the Trailer sway control that prevents the trailer from swaying.

 Standard collision safety systems on Ford include a set of seven airbags including the driver knee airbag used on the Fiesta. Ford's driving assist functions include the Blind spot information system, the Terrain management system that allows the driver to choose a driving mode according to the road conditions, and other advanced systems featured on the Explorer.

 Systems addressing visibility include the Integrated blind spot mirror, standard on all three models, characterized by a convex mirror embedded in the side mirror surface to view the otherwise blind spots for the driver.

 Comfort and convenience equipment include the Dual-zone air conditioning available on two models, and the Tri-zone air conditioning on the Explorer.

Ford: New passenger car models launched in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 (new models and fully-remodeled cars)

  Launch Market positioning, character and characteristic
Ford Focus Beginning of 2011 The sedan and the five-door hatchback built on the global C platform in the compact vehicle segment are powered by the newly-developed 2.0L direct-injection four-cylinder engine and 5-speed MT or 6-speed AT. They rival the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.
Ford Explorer Q4 2010 The seven-seater SUV with three seat row layout has a monocoque body rather than the conventional frame structure. Powered by the 3.5L V6 engine and 6-speed AT or the optional 2.0L direct-injection four-cylinder Ecoboost engine.
Ford Fiesta Jun. 2010 The subcompact segment sedan and the five-door hatchback built on the global B platform. Powered by the 1.6L Ti-VCT (Twin independent variable-cam timing) engine and 5-speed MT or 6-speed AT. Ford's first world strategic car that debuted in North America.

Ford: Major equipment on new Ford brand models

Models introduced in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 are listed. (◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on certain grades, △= Optional)
Model Ford Focus Ford Explorer Ford Fiesta
Car SUV Car
Launch Beginning of 2011 Q4 2010 Jun. 2010
Driving stability EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)    
AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (Note 1)
Independent front and rear suspension    
Electric power-assisted steering
Roll stability control    
Curve control (Note 2)    
Trailer sway control (Note 3)    
Intelligent all-wheel drive    
Collision safety Dual-stage front airbags
Front-seat side airbags
Side-curtain airbags
Safety Canopy system with rollover sensor  
Inflatable rear safety belts in 2nd-row outboard setting position (Note 4)    
Driver's knee airbag    
Front safety belt reminder
SOS post-crash alert system  
Driving & parking assist Reverse sensing system  
Forward sensing system    
Rear view camera ○△  
Hill start assist  
Hill descent control    
Blind spot information system with cross traffic alert (Note 5)    
Terrain management system (Note 6)    
Active park assist (Note 7)  
Visibility Automatic headlamps  
HID headlamps    
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Power sideview mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors (Note 8)
Rain-sensing windshield wipers  
Seat 10-way power driver's seat    
10-way front passenger's seat    
Heated front seats
Cooled front seats    
Comfort & convenience Tri-zone electronic automatic temperature control    
Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control ○△  
MyKey owner controls feature (Note 9)  
Remote keyless entry
SecuriCode invisible keypad   ○△  
Intelligent access with push-button start
Remote start system  
Easy Fuel capless fuel filler
MyFord Touch Technology (Note 10) ○△  
SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system  
Dual head restraint DVD entertainment system    
Power adjustable pedals with memory    
Power liftgate    
Source: Ford's press releases on new models, on-line catalogs as of late March 2011
(Notes) 1. AdvanceTrac is Ford's terminology for ESC.
2. When the system judges that the vehicle is entering a curve too quickly, the Curve control activates the four-wheel smart braking to reduce the vehicle's speed by up to 10 mph (16km/h) in approximately one second. Taking a corner too quickly is a situation found to cause approximately 50,000 crashes on curves each year in the U.S., and Ford plans to install the system on 90% of its crossovers, SUV, trucks and vans by 2015.
3. The Trailer sway control, when it detects trailer sway, automatically decreases the vehicle's engine speed and applies asymmetric braking to safely tow the trailer.
4. The Inflatable rear safety belts (the auto industry's first, according to Ford) are inflated like airbags when deployed and are designed to provide additional protection for the head, chest and neck of the children and elderly people who often occupy the rear seats. The belts are inflated in a matter of 0.004 seconds after crash to disperse crash impacts over five times more area of the body than conventional seatbelts. According to NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration), 82% of the front seat passengers use the seat belts in the United States, which compares to 61% usage by rear seat passengers. Ford's research shows that Ford's inflatable seat belts are similar to or more comfortable than conventional belts which, according to Ford, could help increase the lower rate of rear belt usage.
5. The Blind spot information system has a warning lamp built into the door mirror that goes on to alert the driver when another vehicle is in the mirror's blind spot. The Cross traffic gives an audible warning of traffic when reversing from a parking space into the street etc.
6. The Terrain Management System has four positions on the selector knob to choose from, Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow, to optimize driving force distribution and braking force according to the terrain and road surface conditions.
7. The Active Park Assist uses ultrasonic sensors to find space for parking and help the driver parallel park through automated steering by the electric steering control system. It completes parallel parking in one third the time normally needed by other parking assist systems that use cameras.
8. The Integrated blind spot mirrors have a convex mirror embedded in the side mirrors to view the driver's blind spots. This allows the driver to ensure safety without having to look behind the shoulders in lane changing or parallel parking maneuvers.
9. MyKey owner control feature allows the owner to control the vehicle when it is driven by a family member etc., to ensure safe driving practice at all times. For instance, the car's owner can program the maximum vehicle speed and the maximum volume of the audio system, or mute the audio system until the front seatbelt is fastened.
10. MyFord Touch technology is Ford's new infortainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, voice command activation, and steering wheel-mounted controls. The system lets the driver adjust the air conditioning, operate the navigation system, make and receive phone calls, send and receive mail, and play the MP3 player without removing their hands from the steering wheel.

 



Chrysler: Blind spot monitoring and other advanced driving assists available on four new models

 The Trailer sway control is a standard driving stability system on Chrysler's SUV Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. A set of seven airbags including the driver's knee airbag is a standard crash safety system on the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

 Driving assists, available on all four models, include the Rear cross-path detection that warns the driver of cross-traffic when reversing into the street, the Blind spot monitoring system that warns of other vehicles in the driver's blind spot, and the Adaptive cruise control that automatically controls the vehicle's speed needed to maintain distance from another vehicle ahead, alerts the driver to stop if necessary, and other advanced preventive safety systems.

 The SmartBeam headlamp, a visibility enhancing system that automatically turns high beams on and off according to the ambient lights, is available on three models. Rear-view mirrors with automatic dim is available on three models while door mirrors with automatic dim are also made available on the Chrysler 300.

 The Remote start system, a system addressing comfort and convenience, is available on three models. The Power tilt/telescope steering column and the Power adjustable pedals, available on the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger, allow the driver to electrically adjust the steering and pedal positions.

Chrysler: New passenger car models launched in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 (new models and fully-remodeled cars)

  Launch Market positioning, character and characteristic
Chrysler 300 Q1 2011 An E-segment rear wheel-drive large-sized high-end sports sedan powered by 3.6L V6 or 5.7L V8 engine and 5-speed AT.
Dodge Charger Nov. 2010 A coupe style rear wheel-drive large-sized four-door sedan, built on the same platform as Chrysler 300, powered by 3.6L V6 or 5.7L V8 engine and 5-speed AT.
Dodge Durango Q4 2010 A 3-row full-sized SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform (2-row type) has a monocoque body in place of the conventional frame structure. Powered by 3.6L V6 or 5.7L V8 engine and 5-speed AT or multi-speed AT.
Jeep Grand Cherokee May 2010 A mid-sized high-end SUV initially developed under partnership with Daimler and built on the M-Benz ML's platform. Powered by the newly-developed 3.6L V6 flexible-fuel engine and 5-speed AT or 5.7L V8 gasoline engine and multi-speed AT.

Chrysler: Major equipment on new Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep brand models

Models introduced in the US market in and after the spring of 2010 are listed. (◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on certain grades, △= Optional)
Model Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Dodge Durango Jeep Grand Cherokee
Car Car SUV SUV
Launch Q1 2011 Nov. 2010 Q4 2010 May 2010
Driving stability 4-wheel traction control system  
Electronic stability control ○△
Electronic-roll mitigation      
Quadra-Lift air suspension system (Note 1)       ○△
Trailer sway control (Note 2)    
Performance suspension      
Coil spring front and rear independent suspension      
Load leveling shock absorbers      
High-tech load-leveling shocks (Note 3)      
Collision safety Front multistage airbags
Supplemental side curtain airbags
Front seat side airbags
Driver knee airbag    
Front reactive head restraint  
Driving & parking assist ParkView rear backup camera ○△
ParkSense rear park assist ○△ ○△
ParkSense front park assist     ○△  
Hill start assist  
Hill descent control      
Blind spot monitoring system ○△ ○△
Rear cross-path detection system (Note 4) ○△ ○△
Adaptive cruise control (Note 5) ○△
Forward collision warning system  
Selec-Terrain system (Note 6)       ○△
Visibility Automatic headlamps
Adaptive forward lighting      
Bi-xenon HID headlamps      
SmartBeam headlamps (Note 7)  
Exterior mirrors with auto adjustment in reverse ○△    
Power heated exterior mirrors  
Auto-dimming exterior mirror      
Auto-dimming rearview mirror ○△  
Rain-sensitive windshield wipers ○△
Seat 8-way power driver seat  
4-way power driver lumbar adjust    
8-way power passenger seat  
4-way power passenger lumbar adjust      
Heated front seats ○△  
Ventilated front seats      
Heated rear seats  
Third-row headrest remote fold-down (Note 8)      
Comfort & convenience Air conditioning with dual zone auto temperature control
Tri-zone automatic temperature control      
Uconnect Touch (Note 9)    
Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth  
Keyless Enter-N-Go
Remote start system  
Heated steering wheel    
Heated/cooled front console cupholder (Note 10)    
Power tilt/telescope steering column with memory    
Power rear liftgate       ○△
Power adjustable pedals with memory    
Source: Chrysler's press releases on new models, on-line catalogs as of late March 2011
(Notes) 1. The Quadra-Lift air suspension system allows the driver to choose the best ground clearance from five settings (Normal, Off-road 1, Off-road 2, Park, and Aero) according to the road conditions. It gives up to 10.7 inch clearance off-road and lowers the clearance when parking for a greater ease of exit and entry.
2. The Trailer sway control, when it senses trailer sway, automatically applies moderate brake to maintain control.
3. The High-tech load-leveling shocks increase the gas pressure, when the rear shock absorbers squat under additional load, to return to the level design height.
4. The Rear cross-path detection uses rear sensors that warn the driver with an audible chime when cross-traffic is detected when reversing from a parking space into the street.
5. The Adaptive cruise control uses infrared sensors to monitor the view up to 100 meters ahead and automatically controls the vehicle speed as needed to keep distance from another vehicle in front. It even alerts the driver to stop if necessary.
6. The Selec-Terrain system allows the driver to choose from five driving modes (Sand/Mud, Snow, Rock, Sport, and Auto) to maximize the traction and suspension according to the road conditions.
7. The SmartBeam headlamps automatically turn high-beams on and off according to the ambient lights and traffic and are activated when other vehicles are detected up to 600m ahead.
8. When no one is sitting in the third row, the driver can push a nearby button that activates the Third-row headrest remote fold-down and lower the headrests to increase rearview.
9. The Uconnect Touch is Chrysler's new infortainment system with an 8-inchi touch screen that acts as a command center to control the air conditioning, navigation, audio, mobile devices etc. It also allows voice commands to control navigation and phones.
10. The Heated/cooled front console cupholder regulates the temperature of the cupholder in the console to keep the drink hot (or cold) as preferred.

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