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Ford gears up for car2x communications

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:car2x? Ford Motor? intelligent intersection? on-board driver assistance?

Leading carmaker Ford Motor Co. is revving up for the car2x communications experience. Near its R&D facility in Detroit, the company has set up an "intelligent intersection" that will teach vehicle designers how to properly integrate car2x functions into on-board driver assistance systems.

In the context of the car2x test installation, traffic lights at the "intelligent intersection" transmit their current status to vehicles in the surroundings. The car2x system in the vehicles receives the signals, compares them with its GPS position data and determines whether the driver runs the risk of violating the stop signal. In this case, the car2x system in the respective vehicle issues an optical and acoustical warning not just to the driver, but also to other vehicles approaching the intersection.

Ford is also participating in car2x-related R&D in Europe. Along with other carmakers, research institutes and government organizations, the Ford Research Center in Aachen is involved in the Safe Intelligent Mobility (SIM) research project. This large-scale trial is focused on the Frankfurt region with field tests determining the suitability for everyday use of cooperative wireless communication systems involving vehicles and traffic infrastructure. About 400 vehicles are participating in the project, which will be completed in 2012.

In addition to SIM, Ford is also part of the DRIVE C2X project which aims to develop Europe-wide standards for networked communications and applications systems such as car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications. The project will involve field trials under real-world conditions to be conducted in seven European regions. One test will cover harmonized communications technologies for driver assistance systems such as the European emergency brake light.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
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