The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport sedan has a feature that allows it to skip over potholes while avoiding potentially hundreds and even thousands of dollars in damage.
Pothole damage is expensive for urban drivers, costing them $500 a year on average, according to Ford, citing research by transportation group TRIP.
The Ford Fusion V6 Sport sedan will come equipped with a computer controlled shock absorber system that will automatically stiffen when sensors detect that a wheel is rolling into a pothole.
The shock absorber allows the wheel to stay elevated as it roles over the hole, instead of dropping into it. The action of the front shock absorber also triggers a signal for the back wheel’s shock absorber to respond similarly.
“We tested and tuned this system by driving over countless potholes — subjecting Fusion V6 Sport to the brutal, square-edged potholes of our Romeo Proving Grounds to finesse the software,” said Jason Michener, an expert on automatic suspension systems at Ford.
Ford has used similar technology on its luxury cars, including the Lincoln MKZ. This is the first time the company is bringing the tech to a mid-sized car with a mid-sized price range.