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Ford Asks, ‘What If Cars Could Talk To One Another?’

Posted in Car Tech, Ford, News, Videos by Kurt Ernst | June 16th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

I’m off to Detroit next week, to see what the latest technology offerings are from Ford Motor Company. I expect they’ll showcase some of the things demonstrated in the video below, along with some things that probably aren’t fit for print just yet. I’m not a big proponent of driverless cars, but the technology that Ford is demonstrating here will undoubtedly prevent hundreds of crashes per year. Of course none of this would be necessary if people paid attention behind the wheel, but I don’t expect that will happen any time soon.

You’d expect research like this from car companies such as Mercedes Benz, BMW or Volvo, but it’s good to see that Ford is pioneering the development of “affordable safety.” Peace of mind should be available to all drivers, not just those affluent enough to afford a Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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3 Responses

  1. I read about this “talking car” stuff… Apparently accidents can be avoided cause the cars will communicate via wi-fi; cars would be able to communicate their speed, direction and position via a “smart intersection” technology developed by Ford. Another possibility would be that cars can reserve a parking spot in advance…

  2. Anthony says:

    That’s actually cool, I especially liked the one that alerted the car “going thru the red light” because that could definitely save lives. Regarding the one with the cars in front stopping short, I wonder what happens on a 3-4 lane highway, is it going to be beeping constantly? Cops will prob be able to access the wifi and detect your speed.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Anthony, I think the system is smart enough to detect traffic flow and cancel out any unnecessary warnings.