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The New Ford Edge All-Wheel Drive System Uses AI to Keep Up With West Michigan Weather

September 12th, 2018

Photo of the New 2019 Ford Edge ST driving though changing weather conditions in West MI with an advanced AI-controlled AWD system
We’ve all experienced it: you’re driving along a West Michigan highway on a beautiful sunny day, and out of nowhere it starts pouring rain. Maybe you’re in Grand Rapids traffic around late fall or early spring and the temperature suddenly dips below freezing. Either way, it makes the advanced new AI-controlled All-Wheel Drive system in the 2019 Ford Edge that much more appealing to Michiganders.

Imagine being in one of the two scenarios above and not needing to do anything but stay focused on the road. The computer keeps an eye on input from all over the vehicle and is able to figure out what kind of driving condition you’re in. It then adjusts the vehicle’s systems accordingly – switching from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive automatically.

This article from the Official Ford Media Center explains more about how the system works. Take a look below for some excerpts:

New Ford Edge, Edge ST Use Artificial Intelligence To Help Improve Traction, Reduce Fuel Usage

The new 2019 Ford Edge with available all-wheel drive is smart enough to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between two-wheel and all-wheel drive. The feature provides all-wheel-drive traction when it is needed, and helps reduce fuel consumption when it’s not.

The system is called all-wheel-drive disconnect, a first-for-Ford technology that uses a form of artificial intelligence that can calculate quicker than the human brain. Based on information received from dozens of high-tech sensors, the new Edge can determine in a fraction of a second whether all-wheel drive is needed.

“The concept is pretty simple, it was the execution that was the challenge,” said Scott Beiring, Ford driveline applications supervisor. “Shifting between two- and all-wheel drive needs to be fast and seamless enough that the customer doesn’t know it is happening.”

The system uses an all-new dedicated electronic brain that receives inputs from dozens of sensors throughout the vehicle. It interacts with the traction control system to detect wheel slip, receiving inputs from the anti-lock brakes to learn if that system is active. It even detects if the windshield wipers are on, whether the Edge is towing a trailer, and the outside temperature.

You can read more about how this system works on

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