Monday, April 1, 2013

Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) with Pull Drift Compensation

Pull-Drift Compensation is a software-based technology enabled by Ford’s shift to fuel-efficient
Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) systems.  The technology detects road conditions – such as a crowned road surface or crosswinds – and adjusts the EPAS steering system to help the driver compensate for pulling and drifting.  For drivers, Pull-Drift Compensation is designed to be unnoticeable as the system adjusts to help with pulling or drifting conditions.  Because EPAS uses an electric motor to provide steering assistance, its control can be precisely programmed to enable technologies such as Pull-Drift Compensation or Active Park Assist – a new option debuting on several 2010 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles – that help or take over steering.  Visit the Gresham Ford showroom for your own personal demonstration of EPAS.
Electric Power Assist Steering from Ford

Pull-Drift Compensation starts with EPAS technology, which replaces the traditional hydraulic-assist power steering pump with an electric motor.  This increases fuel economy because the electric motor operates only when steering assistance is required.  Sensors constantly measure steering wheel torque applied by the driver to maintain the vehicle’s path. Continuous adjustments are made as the system resets to adapt to changing road conditions or maneuvers, such as the vehicle turning a corner.  When the system detects a pulling or
drifting condition, such as a crowned road surface, it provides torque assistance to help make steering easier.
For drivers, this assistance is seamless and imperceptible.   EPAS technology can be fine tuned by engineers to fit the driving characteristics of varying products, whether it’s a luxury sedan or sporty compact SUV.

Today's vehicles offer immense technology and safety features.  Gresham Ford is proud to offer such a complete and wide ranging platform of vehicles that showcase the newest and most innovative technology available.