Ford is Testing Cars That Can Talk to Each Other Over Wi-Fi

By Gizmodo Australia on at

Can you imagine a world without car accidents? Ford is trying to build it with experimental vehicle-to-vehicle networks that can save you from a collision or just from an annoying traffic jam.

Ford is demonstrating its “experimental” vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) networks this week at Computex 2014.

The motor company has outfitted two Ford Kugas with the V2V Wi-Fi networks in a bid to demonstrate how it can reduce accidents in the real world.

The V2V tech sees a car broadcast its speed and position data to other cars nearby via Wi-Fi. This information is then relayed to a driver so that they can make more informed decisions while driving.

Say a car is speeding its way into your blindspot, for example. Radar systems will be able to tell you when the car is actually there, but the V2V network will be able to tell you that it’s approaching so you can be better informed about the road conditions around you.

Cars with V2V will also be able to interpret the information they get from other vehicles, and decide whether or not there’s a risk of collision on the current heading.

Because of its “experimental” badge, it’s unlikely we’ll see V2V networks on the market for some time, but it’s nice to know that it’s being worked on.

We’ll be hands-on with Ford’s V2V tech later this week. Stay tuned!


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