Ford F-150 aluminum body wins AJAC technology innovation award

AcuraWatch driver assist features win AJAC award for Best New Safety Technology

Published: January 15, 2015, 10:25 PM
Updated: January 21, 2015, 10:28 AM

2015 Ford F150

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the winners of its 'Best New Technology' awards at the Montreal Auto Show today.

The aluminum body structure in Ford's 2015 Ford F-150 was the Best New Technology winner in the Innovation category, while Acura's 'AcuraWatch' suite of driver assist features won in the Safety category.

The entries were adjudicated by a panel of 13 AJAC journalist members with specific technical expertise. Nine technologies were shortlisted for detailed presentations to the jury by their manufacturers – six in the 'Innovation' category and three in the 'Safety' category.

Ford F-150 aluminum body structure

The all-aluminum body structure of Ford's new F-150 is nearly 317 kg (700 lb) lighter than that of its predecessor, resulting in increased towing and hauling capability, and improved fuel efficiency.Reducing weight also improves acceleration, braking and handling performance.

While the F-150 is not the first vehicle to employ aluminum body construction, it is the first to do so in the context of a pickup truck whose reputation is built on toughness and in production volumes approaching one-million units a year – both significant accomplishments that required new and innovative solutions to a host of challenges ranging from joining processes to collision repairs.

Acura 'AcuraWatch' Driver Assist Features

The AcuraWatch suite of driver assist technologies, available in the 2015 Acura TSX, includes such advanced features as 'Low Speed Follow' – a function of the Adaptive Cruise Control System that can maintain a selected distance interval from the vehicle ahead, even stop and restarting in congested stop and go traffic.

Other features include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Cross Traffic Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information and Road Departure Mitigation.