Ford creates system to alert drivers to oncoming emergency vehicles
The new system helps drivers give emergency vehicles a route through traffic by forming an “emergency corridor”
By FireRescue1 Staff
COLOGNE, Germany — A new system is being tested in Ford vehicles in Germany that will alert drivers of oncoming emergency vehicles and encourage them to move out of the way in a uniformed manner through a connected system.
AutomotiveWorld.com reported that Ford, in partnership with Vodafone, designed the system to help drivers form an “emergency corridor” and give fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles a route through traffic by telling the driver which side of the road to move towards.
“Ford has a long history of developing and testing vehicle to traffic infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle communications that can contribute to greater road safety and efficiency across the world. Together with Vodafone and in cooperation with the other companies involved, we will gain decisive insights on the Düsseldorf testing grounds to further advance the networking of vehicles,” Ford of Germany CEO Gunnar Herrmann said.
The “emergency corridors” are created on two-lane roads as drivers pull over to either side. On a road with more than two lanes, the process will depend on whether or not the rule of the road is to drive on the left or right.
“The digital revolution is bringing new forms of mobility which may help save lives on our roads,” Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter said. “When cars communicate with each other, our rescue teams get a clear path forwards, so they can provide the right help at the right time, in situations when every second counts.”