Ford is testing new technology that allows drivers to avoid stopping at red lights
If authorities give the go ahead to new automated technology being trialed in the United Kingdom, motorist could soon be allowed to run red lights and roll past stop signs.
Ford has begun trialing what it calls Intersection Priority Management (IPM) technology at Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom.
The Technology would enable cars to dance through intersections without stopping, either slowing down or speeding up to avoid other cars in a process Ford describes as “choreographing connected cars”.
The technology is a key component to mastering driverless cars that connect with other vehicles on the road and communicate actions to avoid incidents.
Ford envisages the future tech reducing traffic by improving the flow of vehicles, with the added benefit of lowering response times for emergency services.
“We know that intersections and traffic lights can be a real bugbear for many drivers,” says Christian Ress, a member of Ford’s driver assist technologies team.
“With the connected car technology we have been demonstrating this week, we envisage a world where vehicles are more aware of each other and their environment, enabling intelligent co-operation and collaboration on the roads — and around junctions.”
Ford, as part of its connected car research, is also testing technology in Germany in conjunction with Vodafone that can alert drivers to nearby accidents with the purpose of allowing drivers to create “emergency corridors” for emergency services before they approach — effectively acting as a precursor to the siren call.
Volkswagen has partnered with German tech company Siemens to develop connected car technology in its hometown of Wolfsburg.
The technology being trialled in live traffic conditions would communicate with traffic management services to ascertain when all the traffic lights ahead are green and alert the driver so that they can avoid unnecessary braking or acceleration.
Eventually Volkswagen imagines that this kind of technology would be controlled by autonomous vehicles.
16 Oct 2018