If only drivers shared information about accidents and other obstacles on the road, many road incidents could be avoided - this was the assumption made by Ford and as part of the Data for Road Safety initiative, it began to share data such as airbag activation with other manufacturers, emergency braking or the use of fog lights. In theory, these signals are a good indicator of some road problem, and as soon as they are sent to the cloud, they can be delivered to other drivers who are making their way around the area. According to Ford, these alerts can also be sent to security services, increasing their vigilance and preparedness, thereby improving response time to reports.
The company has been working on this service for some time - a year ago it launched Local Hazard Information, which collects data and shares it with other Ford cars, promising that by the end of the Hidden Links more than 80% of the brand's passenger car drivers will have access to it. However, this information is much more effective if it is shared with other manufacturers, which is why the Data for Road Safety initiative was created, supported by the European Commission, because it has a chance to become a generally accessible ecosystem that increases the safety of all drivers.
Last month, the initiative announced 5-year agreements between many car makers, component suppliers, road management organizations, EU Member States and location technology providers. If work continues, it could be the start of a huge network that dramatically increases road safety, and requires no action from drivers because everything happens automatically. - Data-sharing road safety ecosystems are more effective the more cars and telematics sources they contain. Extending the technology's benefits to non-Ford drivers represents a significant step in that direction, adds Ford Connected Car Manager Peter Geffers.