Ford has been testing a new high-tech brake light that communicates with vehicles following behind. The new brake light is one of 20 potential future systems for the automaker as part of a four-year joint industry research project.
This new “Electronic Brake Light” will transmit a signal to light up a dashboard light in following cars in the event of emergency braking. This could cause drivers to brake earlier and avoid accidents altogether. Testing involved 120 vehicles with 500 test drivers, including the Ford S-MAX, with the drivers clocking 41,000 hours and 1 million miles on public roads and enclosed test tracks in Germany.
“Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications represent one of the next major advancements in vehicle safety. Ford is committed to further real-world testing her and around the world with the goal of implementation in the foreseeable future,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation.
Along with the new Electronic Brake Light testing, Ford is also currently testing other technologies like Public Traffic Management and In-car Internet Access. The traffic management system will provide traffic prognosis based on comprehension information and will identify traffic scenarios and the impact they will have on the journey. The internet access will give real-time traffic camera photos to gauge traffic, as well as find out about parking spaces and other information.