Ford will showcase an experimental version of its Vehicle 2 Vehicle (V2V) communication technology for the first time at the 2014 Computex expo this week.
Using two Ford Kuga SUVs equipped with the technology, the carmaker will give a live demonstration in downtown Taipei of how the two cars exchange data including speed, location, predicted path and potential hazards.
The system uses a Wi-Fi based radio transmission, which Ford says will improve a car’s ability to recognise hazards before it can ‘see’ them.
Current hazard perception systems rely on radars or cameras and can only survey the immediate area, while the V2V system can ‘borrow’ data from other cars in the area, even when they are out of sight.
The V2V system forms part of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility, with Vehicle 2 Infrastructure (V2I) technology also under development from the ‘Blue Oval’.
“Ford is playing a leading role in developing this type of vehicle communications technology, entering into major research partnerships with governments, universities and industry groups in the US and Europe,” Ford’s Trevor Worthington said.
One of those partners is the University of Michigan, which recently announced a test centre for connected cars.
Ford has previously detailed its Electronic Brake Light system, which uses V2V technology to warn a driver when a car ahead has braked, before the driver can see that car.
Technology from the 2015 Mustang is also on display at Computex, including ‘track apps’ with real-time statistics, MyKey, launch control and tyre-pressure monitoring.
Ford has announced its upgraded SYNC and AppLink systems, unveiled at last year’s Computex, will soon be available in Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand.
The 2014 Computex expo runs from June 3-7.
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