Ford UK Trials New Technology to Possibly Ditch Stopping at Junctions

IPM technology for connected cars, expected to enable drivers to enjoy smooth flow of traffic

Ford UK is focused on harnessing the potential of connected cars. The company is trialing a new way in which the technology of connected cars could set the world on a path where dealing with busy junctions would not require waiting at the red lights. The company takes its leads from the way pedestrians avoid crossing their paths with precise adjustments with speed such as slowing down or speeding up. The company is already examining the technology that could guide the drivers while they approach other cars, to accelerate and slow down to avoid crashing with them.

The Intersection Priority Management (IPM) is being trialed by the company, which could be facilitated by vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications which is a part of the UK government-funded Autodrive testing programme. The trials demonstrate the technology, which could prevent incidents of accidents and reduce the emergency vehicle response time. The goals is to keep drivers driving and cease the unnecessary waiting at junctions, which could not only ease the flow of traffic but also increase efficiency and safety.

The company knows that intersection and traffic lights at the junctions could be a bugbear for drivers on roads, stated Christian Ress, the supervisor of driver assist technologies-Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. He further added saying that with the connected car technology they have been demonstrating this week, they envision a world where vehicles are more aware of each other and their environment, which enables intelligent collaboration and cooperation around junctions and on the roads.

According to The Telegraph, on average passengers spend two days waiting on traffic junctions. Furthermore, the junctions have also been the cause of road accidents of up to 60 percent. Hence tackling these scenarios is getting more and more necessary with the passing time.

For the trials, the IPM technology enabled V2V communication systems were integrated into the test cars that help in broadcasting the direction of travel, speed, and location. The systems are capable of identifying the path of other cars approaching it and the junctions, thereby suggesting an optimized speed allowing them to pass securely.

IPM progresses on other connected car technologies that are built by Ford and the other partners in the project as a part of the 20 million pound programme that is taking the connected car and self-driving technologies from testing to implementation.

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