The company is testing the technology in Germany, outfitting a car with radar, ultrasonic sensors and a camera that together scan 650 feet ahead. It delivers a warning to an onboard screen and sounds a chime. If the person behind the wheel is in another world - perhaps he's busy manipulating a messy slice of pizza - then invisible hands and feet arrive, applying brakes and swerving toward a gap in order to avoid crashing.
It's a leap up from the vibrating wheel that Ford now offers in some of its cars as a warning device. Rather than settling for a mere caution, Ford is now echoing that old slogan of "leave the driving to us."
Not a bad back-up plan for road safety.
Still, my advice: Keep your hands on the wheel, not on the double cheese with pepperoni. And for goodness sake, put down that wretched cellphone.
Watch this video to see whether Ford guided them to safety:
Video is from Ford via YouTube. Photos are screen grabs from the video.