Ford has unveiled a prototype system that will see its vehicles applying its brakes and swerving round obstacles on the road.
The firm has been at the forefront of vehicle innovations in recent years and the latest development could see crash-proof cars hitting the UK's roads within the next five years.
Ford's Obstacle Avoidance technology features three radars, ultrasonic sensors and a camera that can 'scan' the 200 yards of road ahead of a vehicle.
It has been showcased in the firm's new Focus and provides an audible warning if it detects slow-moving objects, stationary obstacles or pedestrians in the lane ahead, before automatically steering or braking to avoid a collision, should the driver fail to react to the warnings.
The new system has been tested at speeds of up to 38 mph and came about after research indicated that fewer than a third of drivers about to hit the car in front of them try to steer out of the way ahead of the impact.
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