Martin Wiecker, research engineer, Ford Global Driver Assistance and Active Safety said: “Talking cars are no longer merely the stuff of children’s movies, but are now closer than ever to becoming a reality for Ford drivers.”
Ford’s SYNC technology, available in the new Ford Focus, allows drivers to use their phone, choose and browse music library and find their way round without taking their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
Now, Ford has developed systems that can transfer messages at high speed between cars or between the road infrastructure and vehicles, using wireless communications technology.
The system is being tested in Germany with a view to installing it in Ford cars in future.
The new communication technology allows the new electric brake light system to deliver messages to other vehicles to warn them if an emergency braking procedure is carried out.
This way a driver can be given warnings of any possible changing conditions or hazards.
Ford has been demonstrating its latest technology at sim (Safe Intelligent Mobility) in Germany where they have been tested against real world conditions.
With this the obstacle warning system can give precise locations of dangerous hazards such as an object that has fallen from a van or truck. The new system will give drivers a detailed message about whether this could be a possible risk to them.
Ford has also been developing a Traffic sign assistant system that keeps drivers informed of changing traffic regulations on their journey.
The traffic sign assistant system also gives up-to-date information on variable speed limits and temporary restrictions which require an alternate route.
Wiecker added: “Ford has been researching the potential for car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications for some time, which potentially offer considerable benefits in terms of safety and convenience for all road users.”
Ford engineers are currently developing future applications that will offer better entertainment, safety and driving systems, ultimately create more intelligent vehicles.