Ford is trailing new technology that will allow its cars to ‘talk’ to each other in order to avoid collisions and prevent traffic jams.
The brand, which builds the UK’s most popular car in the shape of the new 2012 Ford Fiesta, has launched a fleet of 20 Ford S-Max cars to trial the technology.
The sporty people carriers will be equipped with technology capable of an warning cars behind it of obstructions in the road, tell drivers about upcoming speed limits and traffic signs and up-to-date traffic information.
The technology will also emit a signal to cars behind if the brake light comes on – even if the car is not visible ahead because of a bend in the road. This information will then allow the following driver the chance to slow down and prepare to stop.
“Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications represent the next major advancements in vehicle safety,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “Ford is committed to further real-world testing here and around the world with the goal of implementation in the foreseeable future.”
Ford cars are already some of the most technologically advanced in the road. Ford has introduced its SYNC system into its most popular models such as the new 2012 Ford Focus hatchback and estate.
The system allows the driver to activate a smartphone, music system or satellite navigation using voice control, while the car also comes with a collision avoidance system and other safety kit such as a blind spot information system.
The new 2012 Ford Focus, which is now available with the groundbreaking new three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine, is on sale now from Perrys Ford dealerships. Ford Focus prices start from £14,000.[YouTube:ZWHEENXa6kc]