Accessing your vehicle’s trunk shouldn’t be a hassle, and with Ford’s liftgate technology it doesn’t have to be. Full hands and heavy items are no longer an obstacle when you own a Ford vehicle equipped with a liftgate. Here’s a little more information about Ford’s liftgate technology from us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.
Ford’s hands-free liftgate allows drivers to access the cargo area without setting down items. Ford’s electrical systems engineers say that the technology is similar to that found in motion-control video games.
The technology was extensively tested to ensure that the liftgate wouldn’t open unintentionally. The system uses two sensors to detect when a shin and foot enter and leave the electronic field. It then tries to detect the key fob and opens the liftgate is successful.
The system is perfectly calibrated to detect a kicking motion alone. The liftgate won’t open during other encounters, such as encountering a rolling ball, dogs, and rain. Since everyone’s knee bends at a different point depending on height, the technology had to be tested and calibrated accordingly.
A sample of shorter women and taller men with different knee heights, some up to two feet of difference, were used to show how the system detects the kicking motion. The advanced liftgate system has since been perfected and has been available in Ford vehicles since 2013.