Ford Edge’s All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect Relies on AI for Improved Traction

The 2019 Ford Edge has debuted with a new, innovative technology that will increase safety in all road and weather conditions. It’s called all-wheel-drive disconnect and improves traction while reducing fuel consumption.

So what is all-wheel-drive disconnect? It’s Ford’s first attempt at such a technology and is available on all trim levels of the new Edge, including the Edge ST performance variant. The all-wheel drive technology can intelligently switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive “in a fraction of a second,” according to Ford, which means your Ford Edge can decide which drivetrain option is better for road conditions at any given second.

How does it work? Artificial intelligence, says Ford. Reportedly, the artificial intelligence can scan for a variety of stats, like road conditions, windshield wiper usage, outside temperature, vehicle speed, and wheel slip to determine whether to engage two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—and it does it in record time, faster than the human brain ever could, using dozens of sensors.

“The concept is pretty simple, it was the execution that was the challenge,” explained Scott Beiring, Ford driveline applications supervisor. “Shifting between two- and all-wheel drive needs to be fast and seamless enough that the customer doesn’t know it is happening.”

You can test drive the 2019 Ford Edge at Shults Ford Harmarville.

All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect