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Next-generation Ford Ranger – all about safe tech

Next-generation Ford Ranger – all about safe tech

Safety is vital on the road and according to Ford, the next-generation Ford Ranger will include some of their most advanced crash prevention systems and driver assistance technologies.

At the heart of Ford’s next generation Ranger is a combination of passive and active safety elements. These include vehicle structure, air bags and driver assistance technology to help prevent any collision.

Next-gen safety

Ford engineers have worked tirelessly to develop and test the next-generation Ford Ranger’s safety features via computer modelling and one of the most comprehensive physical testing programmes.

A large number of computer-aided engineering (CAE) models were created to evaluate several accident situations. These include full-frontal, frontal offset, pole test, rear offset crash testing, pedestrian collision, roof collapse tests, and more tests. Hundreds of physical tests were also undertaken to guarantee that the vehicle’s safety performance was satisfied and to validate the CAE modeling.

“Ranger enjoys a solid safety heritage thanks to its Built Ford Tough lineage, and our testing efforts have gone above and beyond requirements to ensure Ranger’s safety is robust and fitting to our customers around the globe,” said Franco Moras, vehicle safety manager at Ford Australia.

“Customers want to be able to travel safely with their friends and family, and be able to move their cargo with confidence. The next-generation Ranger not only delivers on the ability to help them tackle whatever they want at work or with family and friends, but it helps them do that with the safety and peace of mind they want, thanks to the numerous new driver assistance technologies and safety features the new model offers.” 

“We’re really excited about some of the new driver assistance features we’re introducing on Ranger and to the medium pickup segment. And customers will appreciate Ranger’s enhanced features that will certainly help provide more confidence on- and off the road,” said Lauren Winship, DAT supervisor, Ford Australia.

Key Ranger features

(Please note that not all features are available on all next-generation Ford Ranger models in all markets and that the precise features will be communicated individually to their respective markets.)

(NEW) Post-Collision Braking2

Ford’s post-collision braking system applies the brakes after a collision to reduce the risk of secondary collisions. The system automatically engages with moderate brake pressure when an initial collision has occurred.

(ENHANCED) Pre-Collision Assist2,3

Pre-collision Assist uses both the new, wide-view windscreen-mounted camera and radar located near the front bumper to scan the road ahead to detect a potential collision with another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist directly in front of your vehicle. If an imminent collision is detected the system emits an audible and visual warning. If the driver’s response is not sufficient the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system will activate automatically. The system includes:

(ENHANCED) Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)2

As part of the smart technology safety suite on next-generation Ford Ranger, the pickup’s AEB system has been enhanced with cyclist and pedestrian detection capability as well as the ability to provide AEB support at an intersection in some instances, thanks to the addition of a new, wider camera. This means, if the driver fails to take corrective action, the vehicle will apply the brakes automatically to help reduce the severity of some frontal collisions.

Forward collision warning

The next-generation Ford Ranger’s front collision warning system will alert the driver with an audible warning tone while also muting the audio system in the event of a potential frontal collision.

Dynamic brake support2

In the event of a driver needing additional braking support, the dynamic brake support (DBS) system assists the driver by ‘pre-charging’ the brakes. Once the radar-only-based system pre-charges the brakes it will lower the emergency brake-assist threshold for quicker reaction. DBS does not automatically activate the brakes but if the brake pedal is pressed, full-force braking is applied, even if the brake pedal is only slightly depressed. 

(NEW) Evasive Steer Assist2,4

A segment-first feature, Evasive Steer Assist helps the driver avoid potential collisions with a slower or stopped vehicle ahead by providing a boost to the steering. This allows the driver to steer with less effort when a collision cannot be avoided by braking alone. The system is designed to operate at both urban and highway speeds and employs the same camera and radar used with the Pre-collision Assist feature.

(NEW) Reverse Brake Assist2,5

Reverse Brake Assist helps drivers to avoid or mitigate potential collisions while reversing. The system may detect moving vehicles or stationary pedestrians and objects behind the Ranger. The system can apply the brakes to briefly stop the vehicle should the driver not react in time.

(NEW) BLIS® with Trailer Coverage2,6

Ford Ranger customers like to tow, so the team has enhanced the blind spot information system (BLIS) with trailer coverage which is not just new for Ranger but also new to the segment. The system can be programmed to provide custom coverage depending on the length of the trailer the customer is towing (covering a trailer up to 2.4 metres wide and 10 metres long) because one-size doesn’t always fit all. The system is like having another ‘set of eyes’ when performing a lane change or merging onto a freeway. If a faster-moving vehicle enters the Ranger’s blind spot zone, BLIS will alert the driver via a small light in the side mirror, so they know not to change lanes. 

(NEW) Lane-Keeping System with Road Edge Detection2,7

Designed for use on rural roads at speeds from 65km/h, road edge detection uses a front camera to monitor road edges 50 metres in front of the vehicle, day, or night. Where a paved road becomes a soft verge, gravel hard shoulder or grass, the system provides gentle steering support as required, to prevent the vehicle drifting off the road. If the driver is still too close to the edge following initial steering support, the system vibrates the steering wheel, prompting the driver to steer back into the middle of their lane. 

(NEW) Active Park Assist 2.02

When equipped with an e-Shifter, the next-generation Ford Ranger takes some of the anxiety out of parking with its new Active Park Assist 2.0. This next-level system allows customers to pull into, or out of, parallel parking spots with ease, while making perpendicular parking as simple. The system scans and detects an open parking space and can automatically drive the Ranger in. The system controls the steering, accelerator, transmission and brake – although the driver can take over at any time by applying the brakes or taking their finger off the Park Aid button. 

Need help exiting a parallel parking spot? No problem. Active Park Assist 2.0 works for this too. Simply activate the system, pick a side and select N for neutral and active park assist will do the rest and prompt you as needed. Once the system drives the vehicle to a position where the parking space can be exited in a forward movement, a message appears instructing you to take full control of the vehicle. Combined with a 360-degree camera, rear camera, and front and rear parking sensors, the next-gen Ford Ranger has you covered.

(NEW) Cross Traffic Alert2

Tricky reversing situations are a little less stressful with the next-generation Ford Ranger’s Cross Traffic Alert system. When a driver shifts into Reverse, the system is active, and will alert the driver of a vehicle approaching from the sides, when reversing out of a driveway onto a street, or from a busy supermarket parking spot for example.

(NEW) Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go2,8

New to the Ford Ranger is adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature, which lets drivers set a cruising speed in the next-generation Ford Ranger and then maintain a set pacing distance from the vehicle ahead. When that vehicle slows down, the Ranger does too, even down to a stop in traffic; when traffic picks up speed, the Ranger resumes its pre-set speed and distance. 

The system also features Lane Centering Assist, which uses an onboard camera to detect lane markings and provides continued steering assistance to help you keep your vehicle centered in the lane. 

Additional features of this technology include:

  • Distance indication
  • Distance alert
  • Lane-keeping system

To see the next-generation Ford Ranger’s various safety features in action, click on the video link below.



1. It is worth mentioning that the driver’s attention, judgement, and need to operate the vehicle are not necessarily replaced by driver-assist features. It’s possible that it won’t work at certain speeds or under particular driving, road, or weather circumstances.

2 Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. May not operate at certain speeds, or in certain driving, road or weather conditions. 

3 Pre-collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking detects pedestrians, but not in all conditions, and can help avoid or reduce a collision. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for Limitations.

4 Evasive Steer Assist does not control steering. 

5 Reverse Brake Assist functions when in reverse and travelling at a speed of 2-12 km/h (1-7 mph). Please see the Owner’s Manual for precautions and limitations. 

6 Trailer Coverage system supports conventional trailer dimensions: up to 2.4m wide (measured at trailer front) and up to 10m long from the rear of your vehicle. Drivers will need to create a profile of their trailers in SYNC to support this system. 

7 Designed for use on rural roads at speeds of 65 – 110km/h. The feature does not detect every edge and does require a level of contrast between the road surface and the edge. 

8 ACC and Lane Centering has a minimum operating speed of 20km/hr. Detection of lower speed limit will result in system entering standby. The Stop and Go functionality of this system operates as low as 0km/hr in traffic jam situations.


Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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