Ford has completed tests of its new inter-car communication system, called 'Electronic Brake Light', which could make traffic reporting a thing of the past.
The futuristic warning system is designed to be fitted to all vehicles, and enables cars to “communicate” with each other to inform drivers of danger ahead.
Easing traffic congestion and improving road safety are the key advantages to the Brake Light system, which can warn drivers in real time of traffic events that they cannot yet see.
Ford uses the example of two cars; one in front of and another following a large van. If the first car suddenly brakes to avoid a collision, the car at the back of the queue cannot see this through the large van.
The Brake Light system would send a signal from the first car to all following within a certain distance, telling their drivers to immediately reduce speed.
The system is also useful for warning drivers of danger hidden around blind corners, such as making right-hand turns (on Australian roads) at busy intersections when the view to the left is unclear along with information of real-time traffic congestion.
“Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications represent one of the next major advancements in vehicle safety,” Ford Research and Innovation’s Paul Mascarenas said.
“Ford is committed to further real-world testing here and around the world with the goal of implementation in the foreseeable future.”
Electronic Brake Light was one of 20 new systems tested by Ford in Germany as part of a program that concluded in December last year.
Ford also tested Obstacle Warning - which alerts drivers to objects on the road - and Traffic Sign Assistant, which provides up-to-date information to drivers from traffic management centres.
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