Ford tests V2V communications on German roads

Ford V2XThe American manufacturer has just started its tests of communication between vehicles Car-to-Car on the roads of Germany. This is a first step in an experiment that involves many manufacturers and automotive suppliers (mainly Germans). This program is called simTD for Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield Germany. A fleet of 120 cars equipped with means of communication-to-coach but also Car-to-infrastructure mingle now traffic on German motorways and roads in the region of Aachen. 20 of these vehicles are the Ford S-Max: they will validate a number of scenarios to improve the safety of motorists.

Europe and United States are testing the V2V and V2I

One of 20 Ford S-max involved in the simTD program. Source: Ford.

Initiated in 2008, the program simTD is intended to validate the main scenarios of communication between vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructures of the car of tomorrow. Interest of this research program, it takes place on open roads. A series of roads, highways and streets of Frankfurt were travelled by vehicles equipped with communication equipment. 120 cars exactly, including the Ford S – Max objects from the Ford press release 20. Among other manufacturers involved in simTD, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Open and Volkswagen, in short all German manufacturers are working on this of V2V and V2I communications. The use cases have been created with researchers from the Fraunhofer knowing that OEMs Bosch and Continental are also involved.
The United States also follow this line of research. The University of Michigan has launched a vast experiment in Ann Arbor, not far from Detroit. Rather that let cars test on roads, Americans have chosen to equip 3,000 vehicles of individuals with communication The Department of Transportation (U.S. Transportation Department) provides 80% of the 25 M$ investment for this project.

The communicating car, a well-worn subject

The 8 cars of experimentation PATH in platoon tight on a California Highway. It was in 1997.

The 8 cars of experimentation PATH in platoon tight on a California Highway. It was in 1997.

These efforts will soon lead to reliable systems truly enhancing security? It is still far from the ideal world where all cars will be equipped, where especially infrastructure will warn motorists of the State of the floor, accident or simply that the fire will turn to red. It must be remembered that the research PATH in Berkeley, team was rolling 8 cars into platoons tight as early as 1997. Certainly electronics meet fully the chests of imposing 8 Buick LeSabre, but 8 connecting cars were able to demonstrate their ability to move automatically on a reserved track of me motorway I-15 near San Diego. Since then, onboard electronics has considerably progressed, but if I think some OEMs, the cost to make connecting the current road infrastructure makes this type of well illusory project, when to have a significant number of adjoining cars in nature to make the system efficient, water will have flowed under the bridge. The (transient?) solution currently adopted by OEMs, they are devices that use existing infrastructure with reading of the panels, anti-collision radar, followed by white lines to improve the safety of the vehicle.

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