MASSIVE FAIL: Ford equates Taurus safety sensor to F-22 radar

Ford is actually boasting that the 2010 Taurus safety radar somehow compares to the Lockheed Martin F-22′s sensor. Behold:

By Maggie Shiels

Technology reporter, BBC News, San Francisco

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.


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6 Responses to MASSIVE FAIL: Ford equates Taurus safety sensor to F-22 radar

  1. Duncan 13 September, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    I don’t think they are saying that anything was “appropriated” but rather that the two technologies are fudementally the same (although obviously that found on the F22 is for more powerful and sophisticated). THey do share some fundemental similarities:

    Both are pulse modulated (preventing the signal from another device from being misinterpreted as an echo)

    Both use the dopplar effect to determine if an object is coming or going (and at what speed)

    Both are highly “sectoral” meaning they are very specific about which direction an object is in.

    Both use DSP on the receiver the attempt to determine the composition of targets.

    Saying they have “harnessed” this technology for use in their vehicles does not indicate that they are comparable any more than saying North Korea is comparable to the US because they “harnessed” the power of nuclear weapons.

  2. Axure 14 September, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    I don’t think you should be taking it so seriously. Instead of going mad, why don’t you just laugh at them…? ;)

  3. Dan 14 September, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    That story reads like a press release.

    A little more digging on the part of the reporter could reveal just how similar — or dissimilar — the technologies are.

  4. EG 14 September, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Hey..does congress know about this? If Ford is using stuff from the F22, have unit costs come down on the Radar? A substantially less expensive radar could be a driver to reopen the production line!

  5. AirShowFan 14 September, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Yes, all marketers are liars:

    What else is new?

  6. Marvin 16 September, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Shiels is a Ford shill…. most likely trying to get a year long test drive in a new model.

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