2018 Ford F-150, Mustang getting next-gen pedestrian-avoidance tech

The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first of the Big Three muscle cars offered with a pedestrian-detecting emergency braking feature when it goes on sale later this year.

Ford has revealed that technology is a further development of the system available today in the Ford Fusion sedan, enhanced here with improved nighttime capability.

Using both a radar and camera, it scans the road in front of the car looking pedestrian shapes, alerting the driver to an imminent collision and autonomously engaging  the brakes if action isn’t taken.

The current Mustang has a similar system bundled with its optional adaptive cruise control, but it can only react to vehicles and isn't always fully effective in low-light situations.

The 2018 F-150 pickup will also be upgraded to the same pedestrian-detection capability as the Mustang.

Details on pricing and availability on both vehicles will be released closer to their on sale dates later this year.

Toyota announced earlier this year that the 2018 Tundra pickup will come standard with its version of pedestrian-detection tech.