The Ford motor company has harnessed technologyfrom the F22 fighter jet as part of its bid to make its new Taurus”America’s smartest full-sized sedan”.
Radar devices areaimed at helping avoid crashes by sounding an alarm and flashing redlights 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 theroad 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.
Giveme a break! If Ford appropriated a single line of software code fromthe F-22 radar — the Northrop Grumman APG-77 (shown above) — thegovernment would instantly shut down the Taurus’ Chicago assembly plantuntil it complies with ITAR. Not to mention the price: Unless the 2010Taurus’ MSRP is in the $1 million to $2 million range, even with thedealer discount, I submit the F-22′s radar technology remains safelylimited to stealthy-yet-speedy-and-agile fighters.