Video: Ford Testing Vehicle-to-Vehicle Braking Technologies in Europe
Although technological evolution in the automotive market doesn’t advance at quite the same breakneck pace as it does in consumer electronics, there’s no question technology has had a profound influence upon the development of cars in almost every area, from design, virtual testing, engineering, performance, efficiency and safety. In a glimpse at a feature that could be commonplace in tomorrow’s cars, Ford, along with other German car manufacturers, is testing a vehicle-to-vehicle warning system that sends a wireless signal to following vehicles warning them of impending obstacles, even when not in the following vehicle’s direct line of sight.
In an example, Ford shows a pedestrian walking across the street near a corner with a vehicle rounding the curve. In another, two vehicles equipped with the system are separated by a vehicle between them not equipped with the system. Even with the vehicles separated in their lane by another, they’re able to communicate, and give an audio or visual warning to the following driver, and the technological feasibility of automatic braking without the need for a direct visual obstacle, as is the case with Subaru’s EyeSight system and other camera-based automatic braking systems.
Of course, the downside to this system compared to self-contained systems such as EyeSight, is that it requires both vehicles to be equipped with the system, which would require a universal standard and mandatory installation. The system being demonstrated by Ford is one of 20 being tested currently in Germany in a joint project between German auto manufacturers, and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Ford is also involved with the University of Michigan’s Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a field test of more than 2800 vehicles.