What if Your Car Could Talk to Other Cars?

By Charlie S.

Imagine a world where your car checks your blind spots for you, monitors traffic conditions on the road ahead and even avoids potential collisions. Ford believes that these capabilities aren’t just a dream for a distant future. In fact, the technologies necessary to make this vision a reality are scheduled to undergo a real-world assessment starting this fall.

The yearlong program, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will test wireless communications between vehicles and roadside equipment, with the aim of developing future safety measures and technologies. Nearly 3,000 vehicles will participate in the test on more than 70 lane-miles of instrumented roadway. Consumer impressions of the technology will also be gathered. The test is being run in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan.

So how exactly will these cars talk to one another? Communications will take place over advanced Wi-Fi signals, or dedicated short-range communications, on a secured channel allocated by the Federal Communications Commission.

The system works by having every equipped vehicle broadcast a short message to nearby vehicles, with information about vehicle position, speed and predicted path of travel. Vehicles equipped to receive this message may then be able to determine if another vehicle is on a path for a collision and then react quicker than a driver possibly could.

For this technology to truly be revolutionary, every car on the road, no matter what manufacturer, must be able to speak the same language. To that end, Ford is working closely with governments, standards organizations and other global automakers to develop global benchmarks for this technology.

The increasing use of wireless communication is part of the Ford Blueprint for Mobility, which was outlined by Executive Chairman Bill Ford during his keynote address at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. This plan details the company’s early thinking on how to tackle the issues of mobility in an increasingly crowded and urbanized planet between now and 2025.

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T C 09/29/2012
It sounds like a good idea, but there is one major draw back to this plan - the car will still be driven by people! Regardless of how many safety features are in a car some idiot of a tool who should not even be walking let alone driving will still find a way to smash up his car.
s. w 09/11/2012
while we're at it, could i get a voice-activated led sign on the roof so i can shout messages to the inconsiderate drivers and really show my emotions while keeping my eyes on the road and hands on the wheel...well, one hand anyway:)
Hector R 09/04/2012
Lets get Ford Sync working first before leaping into something more complicated. Sync still needs lots of work or go with another OS or whatever works
I am planning to purchase a 2013 f150 & think that vehicles could talk to each other is a great idea & avoid collusions is a great idea. That technology maybe 4-5 yrs in the future. How about offering a warning alert for forward collusion in the interim... like Mobile Eye forward collusion warning system? Altho, it is just a warning sys, it could go a long way to keep the distracted or tired drivers more alert & aware of their driving & perhaps curtail tailgating... that is, until ur sys is developed. I would like to see some kind of sys now instead of waiting for ur accident avoidance could be available for all vehicles.
George W 08/23/2012
I'm Surprised that the 1949-50 Models were not picked! The old shoe box
Sedans and Coupes had style and I think changed the shape of how Cars
would be designed for years to come.
"B P" C 08/23/2012
" Original Bronco " had the best scale & value for off- roading .
The short wheel base Bronco concept a few years ago was excellent.
New Raptor is a true off-roader but at 40K+it is too pricey to hit the dirt and get scraped up. Return the Simple ,High Value Bronco.
~FoMo fan
Dennis N 08/23/2012
I have had and still have some of the older Fords. That includes Mustangs, GT350s, Super Cobra Jet Torinos, Cougar ZR7 GT, and at least 15 older Broncos over my 65 years of ownership. Even had a E150 Cruisin Van! My son in fact has my First 68 GT350 Which now sports a stroked 351 (427ci) direct port injected to say the least. Denny has been dilligent in keeping all the original parts, not to mention updating the powerplant and transmission, to include an improved fuel system and much much more. I have my 66 GT350 a Tiger and a couple Early Broncos. I made a bet with young son that if he graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with Honors the 68 GT350 would be his, well on graduation day I made my promise and threw him the Keys. Although a bit of an emotional day that graduation day, he still has the car and has been consistantly and constantly making imporvements, on board computer to control all the improvements and more. And of course he drives a Raptor, and has a new one on order. Since retiring I would love to own a Raptor However that means perhaps selling some of the fleet. We both have been a long time Ford Family to say the least. I have owned other cars but alway come back to ford. There is no question the heart throb remains the Mustangs hands down. My 2001 F250 Powerstroke Super Duty remains to serve me well dispite a bit hard use as we both have aged. To all the Ford Gang, By the way the same 68 GT350 brought my wonderful kids home from the hospital, was the first car my son drove, not to mention he took his road test for his drivers licence in the same... Perhaps another story for the Ford gang some day. All I will say is be carefull how you drive and what impressions you make with your kids while driving... Great Story both he and I cherish. On the way home from getting his drivers licence I let him drive us home. So coming up to an intersection, same as the one pictured, I see the light change from Green to Yellow, just then the son down shifts, applies a fair bit of throttle and just as he clears the intersection another car from the right ran the red light and just missed us from being Tboned. So in a rather animated voice I loudly exclaimed what the H@## were you thinking. At which time my son head a bit stuck into his chest responded, well Dad, Thats what you do.... So long story short Lead by Example, A good one that is. So reading this article is expecially of interest and spot on as The Ford Gang always Is!!! Blessings to all of you, thankyou for the many miles of having true Detroit Metal around me and my family! Love you all and Love the years of really great cruising in a Ford! First On Race Day!!! Best Regards to all and Thanks! Dennis Newman Sr Parker Colorado
Janet 08/23/2012
My Grandfather work on the assembly line for the Ford Essex. Early every Monday morning my grandfather would leave Toronto, stopping off at Clappson Corners to pickup a co-worker heading down to Windsor.
albert 08/23/2012
yes with the wire less technologe
jack m 08/23/2012
maybe your next life you be a ford..goodbye
Patrick O 08/22/2012
Matt L 08/22/2012
You're not the first, but if you're the first to do it well, and on a large scale, then I don't see this being bad!
I would use this, provided I didn't have to go into debt for a car.
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