First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
All new Ford cars will be equipped with cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X) technology in the US from 2022.
In a blog post, Don Butler, executive director, Ford connected vehicle platform and product, said that the move would “help make city mobility safer and less congested”.
The car maker has already committed to equipping all new vehicles released in the US with conventional cellular connectivity by the end of 2019.
C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360, the company’s suite of driver-assist and safety features in new passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, including F-150.
“Navigating four-way stops becomes much easier with C-V2X, for example, since vehicles will be able to communicate with each other to negotiate which one has the right of way,” Butler wrote. “In the same way, a car that’s involved in an accident can relay its status to approaching vehicles, giving them advance notice of a potentially dangerous situation.”
Pedestrians with mobile phones would also be able to “convey their location to other vehicles, ensuring that everyone on the road is aware of people who may be out of their direct line of sight”.
The move dovetails with existing plans for the widespread roll-out of 5G, Ford says.
“Billions of dollars already are being spent as the cellular industry builds 5G networks, so we think the timing is perfect to give our vehicles some of the natural skills we use every day to get around,” Butler concluded.