Ford is planning a disconnect 4x4 system that will decide whether to send power to all wheels or just some depending on the speed, conditions, road surface and grip. The advanced system will use fuzzy logic to decide where to send power to maintain speed, safety and stability.
The disconnect system is Ford’s first and will debut in the 2019 Ford Edge. The disconnect part means it isn’t permanent and AWD can be ‘disconnected’ to provide just FWD or RWD depending on the conditions and how the system is set up. The idea is to always send power to the most stable wheels to maintain traction and safety. Other automakers use this kind of system but it is a first for Ford.
The AI driving the system will use fuzzy logic. Fuzzy logic is a philosophical term that deals with all those possibilities between 1 and 0 that isn’t included within normal logic. It is used in product design as it is closer to how we think in terms of shades of grey as well as black and white.
Fuzzy logic uses data from multiple sources to decide a partial truth. We then add more data and take those partial truths to develop higher truths. Add more data and more processing and those truths become what we believe to be an absolute truth.
Ford’s AI will do much the same. It will take data from the traction control system, ABS brakes, accelerometer for vehicle speed, windshield wipers, trailer connection and ambient temperature to decide what wheel to send power to. It will do this in a fraction of a second to hopefully deliver a safe, stable driving experience.
It will also happen without the driver having to do a thing.
2019 Ford Edge
The 2019 Ford Edge is an all new model that will be bringing a new look, new intelligent features, some accomplished engines and a new driving experience. It will also be the first crossover to carry the ST moniker too.
The design looks very Ford and very modern. A cross between the sedans with the open mouth grille and the crossover with the upright stance. The models I have seen so far have done away with the chrome too which makes it look much more contemporary.
Inside, the cabin is very cutting edge with quality materials, minimal design and lots of passenger space. It is roomier inside than it initially looks and seems to offer as much technology as you could possibly need including Ford Co-Pilot360.
The 2019 Ford Edge will be with us soon and looks to be a worthy successor of the very popular 2018 Edge. Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2, to learn more.