AutoMotorTech | Ford: “Brake Light” Wirelessly Warns of Ahead Traffic

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US car manufacturer Ford Motor Company tests an early warning car-to-car communication technology which wirelessly alerts following drivers to vehicles braking ahead – even around corners and through traffic.

A part of Safe Intelligent Mobility-Testfield Germany or simTD, a four-year joint research project, the experimental technology called  “Electronic Brake Light” transmits a wireless signal to illuminate a dashboard light on following vehicles. According to the study, this enables the drivers following behind to brake earlier and potentially mitigate or avoid a collision.

“Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications represent one of the next major advancements in vehicle safety,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s 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.”

Other technologies tested under simTD includes Public Traffic Management, which provides exact traffic prognosis based on comprehensive information; identifying likely traffic scenarios and their impact at the point in the journey when they are encountered rather than at the point of departure. Also being tested is In-car Internet Access, which, for example enables the driver to receive information about free parking spaces or check traffic hotspots by receiving up-to-date pictures from traffic cameras.

simTD is a joint project by leading German automotive manufacturers, component suppliers,  communication companies, research institutions and public authorities. The funding for the project was approximately €53 million, of which €30 million of direct project promotional support was provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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