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Ford’s Solution For Potholes

The video below by AutoMotoTV shows Ford’s CCD engineer, Jason Michener, explaining how the system works in real life. He has taken a standard size pothole and placed ping pong balls within it to indicate wheel descent, then they ran a Ford Fusion equipped with CCD and another vehicle without CCD over the pothole. The ping pong balls ran over with the new CCD system was not damaged indicating that the shock has identified the pothole and prevented the wheel from descending like normal. The ping pong balls ran over by the vehicle without CCD did not share the same fate.

However, several question remain, how will this system behave over time? What will happen if the sensors get covered up by dirt and grime? What happens if a fender gets dented and obstructs the sensor readings?

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