Ford is actually boasting that the 2010 Taurus safety radar somehow compares to the Lockheed Martin F-22's sensor. Behold:
The Ford motor company has harnessed technology from the F22 fighter jet as part of its bid to make its new Taurus "America's smartest full-sized sedan".
Radar devices are aimed at helping avoid crashes by sounding an alarm and flashing red lights when the driver gets too close to another car.
This hi-tech gadget is just one of a host being used by Ford to revive what was once the company's top seller. ...
"F22 fighter jets use this advanced radar that can read down the road and identify everything from trees to people," said Pete Reyes, Ford's chief engineer for the 2010 Taurus.
"We then added our own Ford algorithms to determine whether or not objects are a 'vehicle target'.
"Then it monitors the vehicle target and always knows your position relative to those vehicle targets," explained Mr Reyes.
Give me a break! If Ford appropriated a single line of software code from the F-22 radar -- the Northrop Grumman APG-77 (shown above) -- the government would instantly shut down the Taurus' Chicago assembly plant until it complies with ITAR. Not to mention the price: Unless the 2010 Taurus' MSRP is in the $1 million to $2 million range, even with the dealer discount, I submit the F-22's radar technology remains safely limited to stealthy-yet-speedy-and-agile fighters.