Ford Hands-Free Liftgate Tested in Downpours, Carwashes and Against Rolling Balls, Dogs and Shopping Carts
• Hands-free liftgate available on all-new Ford Escape faced extreme testing in dozens of scenarios to ensure it won’t open unprompted, and only when you want it to
•Ford and its supplier, Brose, tested the sensors that control the liftgate in heavy rains, carwashes and against running dogs, rolling balls and shopping carts
• Sensors are programmed to open only with leg motion in conjunction with detection of the key fob, which breaks a miniature electrical field alerting the system to respond
FORD ESCAPE FORUM – The hands-free liftgate available on the all-new Ford Escape faced torrential downpours, dogs and bouncing balls among other tests to make sure the back end only opens when the customer wants.
Besides Mother Nature, the system was also tested numerous times against errant shopping carts hitting the rear of the Escape, a bouncing basketball going under the liftgate, a dog running underneath the bumper and someone polishing the rear bumper. None of these scenarios caused the liftgate to open.
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