Vehicle manufacturer Ford is introducing new camera technology that can see around corners, even when drivers cannot.

Available as an option for S-MAX and Galaxy, Front Split View Camera displays to the driver a 180-degree view from the front of the car, using a video camera in the grille. At a blind junction or exiting a driveway, the camera enables drivers to easily spot approaching vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.

Drivers push a button to see the view from a 1-megapixel camera in the front grille for a real-time view – both left and right – on the 8-inch colour touchscreen. Drivers can track road users that approach on either side and pass in front of the vehicle. A jet-washer automatically clears the camera when the windscreen wipers are activated.

“We have all been there and it’s not just blind junctions that can be stressful, sometimes an overhanging tree, or bushes can be the problem,” said engineer Ronny Hause who worked on the project. “For some, simply driving off their own driveways is a challenge. This is one of those technologies that people will soon wonder how they managed without.”