Concept: smart cars
Ford’s cars are getting chatty, and the word on the street is it’s all in the name of safety...
Ford’s new V2V technology has cars discussing how best to save your life
The dream of the talking car is about to become a reality, but not in the way we imagined. There’s no convoy of backtalking, wise-cracking Transformer-types headed our way. Instead, cars will soon be talking to one another via Ford’s vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) tech. Ford’s aim is to maximise safety, but driver-car voice communication won’t be a two-way street any time soon (see the AppLink box - right). After all, a chatty passenger is distracting enough, who wants their car critiquing their driving skills?
Using a Wi-Fi based radio system, the tech enables cars to communicate with one another and alert their drivers to potential dangers that can’t yet be seen. Approaching a blind corner? That’s no longer a problem.
The experimental kit (or should that be KITT?) can detect speed, position and other vehicle data relating to cars that are hidden from the driver’s view and then gauge if there’s a collision risk along the car’s predicted path.
V2V also builds on existing radar technology that warns of cars in your blind spot by detecting fast-moving vehicles before they present a danger. Handy. ford.com.au, out TBC