Ford is committed to offering the utmost in safety, which is where the Expedition truly shines after earning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star crash-test rating. Most trims of the Expedition also come standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety suite, which includes a variety of features designed to prevent collisions. What’s even better is that these features give drivers greater confidence the moment they get behind the wheel.
The Co-Pilot360 suite includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which utilizes sensors to detect potential collisions with vehicles or pedestrians. When a collision is detected, the system flashes a warning, emits an alert signal, and pre-charges the brakes to prepare the driver and vehicle for potential impact. If the driver does not respond to the alerts, the vehicle can sense if a collision is imminent and will automatically apply the brakes.
The Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert takes some of the guesswork out of changing lanes and driving in reverse. The BLIS technology alerts drivers of any vehicles in the SUV’s blind spot, while the Cross-Traffic Alert system alerts drivers to traffic when the vehicle is in reverse. This makes backing out of a parking spot, the garage, or somewhere else much safer. Auto High-Beam Headlamps are also part of the suite and improve visibility by automatically turning on the headlamps in poor lighting conditions. Drivers especially like that the system detects oncoming traffic and automatically dims the lights as needed.
The Lane-Keeping System and Rear View Camera are the final two components of the Co-Pilot360 suite. The Lane-Keeping System ensures drivers stay in their lane by monitoring the SUVs’ position within the lane. If the vehicle drifts out of the lane, the system alerts the driver. If this occurs multiple times within a short period, the system will even suggest to the driver that it’s time for a break. The Rear View Camera is another helpful feature and is housed on the 8-inch central touchscreen. The camera provides drivers a rear view of the vehicle once the SUV is shifted into reverse.
Beyond the CoPilot360 suite, the Expedition also features Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. These features enhance the Expedition’s power and capability, especially when towing. For example, Hill Start Assist helps the Expedition accelerate on a hill and minimizes the potential for the SUV and whatever it is towing to roll back before the driver accelerates. The feature utilizes the antilock brakes to maintain the vehicle’s position as the driver releases the brake and accelerates.