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Ford says Edge uses AI to manage AWD system

Ford says Edge uses AI to manage AWD system

by Justin King

The AWD disconnect brain uses a form of AI to process information such as wheel slip, vehicle speed, windshield wiper status, trailer connection, and ambient temperature.

Ford has detailed its first-ever all-wheel-drive disconnect system, making its debut in the 2019 Edge.

The company claims to use a form of artificial intelligence, a "fuzzy logic" algorithm, to process input data and determine if all-wheel or front-wheel drive is optimal for road conditions.

The AWD control module considers input from dozens of sensors related to the traction control system, ABS brakes, vehicle speed, windshield wipers, trailer connection, and ambient temperature.

"There are similar systems out there, but none quite like this," says Scott Beiring, Ford's driveline applications supervisor. "The fact that we're able to switch seamlessly and without any input from the driver, that's the real magic."

The AWD disconnect system helps the Edge ST AWD achieve an EPA city/highway/combined rating of 21/28/23 mpg compared to 22/29/25 mpg for the FWD edition.