Ford Connected Traffic Light Technology wants to improve mobility

In our streets, unfortunately, there are many emergency situations that can occur. All events that clearly cause slowdowns to the first aid teams, and that affect their speed of arrival at the intervention site: some delays could prove fatal, this is the truth.

Ford’s new intelligent technology

It is the main reason why Ford experimented Connected Traffic Light Technology, a technology (which has been talked about for years) that exploits the connectivity between vehicles and infrastructures to communicate with traffic lights, and that allows you to automatically set the green light, to be able to facilitate the transit of emergency vehicles such as firefighters, Police forces and ambulances. This is an innovative system, which should also be able to help reduce the risk of an accident caused by first responders when, for emergencies, they are forced to go through a red light.

Martin Sommer, research engineer, Automated Driving Europe, Ford of Europe, explained: “Whether it’s a fire engine that intervenes in a fire or an ambulance that goes to the scene of an accident, the last thing he wants the rescuers to remain stuck among the other vehicles waiting at the traffic lights ”. The new traffic lights, which will be able to send all information on red and green times to approaching vehicles, could also bring some improvements regarding road congestion.

Ford Connected Traffic Light Technology improves traffic in emergency situations

This is a test that is part of a larger project, which involves testing automated and connected vehicles and grid-connected infrastructures in highways, urban and rural areas. Research confirms just how hard Ford continues to strive to use connectivity and innovation for the purpose of improving the driving experience.

Ford smart traffic lights: how they work

Ford’s tests were carried out on a road with eight consecutive traffic lights in Aachen, Germany, and two sections with three consecutive traffic lights just outside the city, set up by the project partners. The car used for the test is a Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, which is equipped with an on-board unit – useful for communicating with the infrastructure – and hardware for quick checks – which is used instead to connect to the software prototype. edge of the medium. The car, in the different test scenarios, behaved alternately as an ambulance and as a passenger vehicle.

She was tested in a rescue situation for an emergency: he indicated at the traffic light to turn on the green. Once you crossed the intersection, the traffic lights returned to its standard. In daily use tests, the car received information on the timing of the red-to-green and green-to-red traffic lights. Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control technology then adapted the vehicle’s speed to help ensure the light was green as more cars passed.

At a red light, the speed of the car was reduced before the intersection, for example from 50 km / h to 30 km / h, to time the approach and give the car the opportunity to arrive at the traffic light when it was green. The technology could also help reduce hard braking and red light waiting times. In fact, the machine receives the information of the traffic lights long before arriving at the intersection.

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Ford’s new technology for intelligent traffic lights

Communication between vehicles and traffic lights is supported by Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology, a unified platform that connects vehicles to the road infrastructure, other vehicles and other road users. Michael Reinartz, director, Consumer Services and Innovation, Vodafone Germany, points out: “The exchange of data between cars, emergency vehicles and traffic lights in real time using the latest mobile phone technology makes road traffic safer and more efficient. The technology helps save lives by helping to reduce unnecessary waiting times and CO2 emissions’.

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