Hate reversing? New tech shows what’s around corner behind you

May 17, 2018

For several years now, reversing cameras that show drivers what is immediately behind them have become increasingly popular with new car customers.

Now, our new Focus is taking the technology a step further – by showing drivers what is around the corner behind them.

Located just above the licence plate, the camera captures a 180-degree view that can be displayed on a touchscreen inside the car – so passing pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles can be more easily seen.

Reversing manoeuvres are also made easier by radar sensors that monitor the area behind the car and alert drivers to vehicles and motorcycles crossing behind. If the driver does not respond to warnings, the brakes are automatically applied.

“We know that for nearly all our customers, reversing is a crucial part of their daily drive – and one that some of them really don’t enjoy. This little camera is helping us to make a big step forwards in making it easier to go backwards,” said Glen Goold, our chief program engineer for Focus.

According to a recent survey, of the top five trickiest driving manoeuvres, four involved reversing, and the fifth was driving forwards into a parking bay. Our new Focus also warns of vehicles and motorcycles that may soon be crossing behind. The car can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings.