Re: Ford's Up/Down Safety Ratings ...Only Conti made the List :thumb:
I have MANY usability complaints about Ford's safety features which have never improved since many of them came out. The biggest areas are the blind-spot indicators and and the proximity/reverse sensing/cross-traffic alert setup.
Ford's Blindspot LED indicators are outside the car in the side-mirrors which are relatively dim and small. They can easily be obscured by weather or reflections and since they are dim/amber/round it can be difficult to distinguish them from other reflections like traffic lights or car lights, especially at a glance. Other cars put them inside the car or give them a very distinctive shape (Triangle). It has always struck me as something that appears to be the product of scaling and cost rather than usability.
The other thing is Ford's proximity warning sounds which are all the same no matter what, whether it's cross traffic, back-up sensors, font sensors, or sides... you never know by sound alone so it becomes completely useless. The one addition they've made in the past few years is onscreen proximity 'heat map' which I really like. Secondly, all the feedback you need is not where you're looking when you're in reverse (usually the mirror or backup camera screen), instead it's in the dashboard instrument panel..usually spelled out for you in text rather than glanceable signals or graphics. Again, I don't understand why it's done this way for so long when I know other automakers are doing something more usable.
Last edited by Assimilator; 03-24-2018 at 12:45 PM.