Car manufacturers are relentlessly trying to develop and produce safer gadgets. The early warning braking system is yet another piece of innovative technology. The braking system is linked to an electronic network; this enables warning signals to automatically stop the vehicle well in time, and thus prevent a collision. The emergency stop could suddenly be needed around a corner, behind a vehicle, out of the driver's sight or even several cars ahead.
The new braking system will certainly help provide motorists with a way out of what could be a fatal accident. The driver’s braking distance will increase dramatically and give ample opportunity to think ahead of time.
Ford's experiment of the braking system technology
The intelligent early warning braking system is a device that sits on the dashboard similar to satellite navigations. If a driver slams his foot on the brake, a warning light will flash on motorist's devices in other cars in the near vicinity. This will enable all drivers close by to the incident to respond in a careful manner. Essentially, cars will also be able to communicate with each in the future to automatically stop or slow vehicles down.
There is a similar technology called 112 ecall; however, this is a button and uses the satellite to communicate straight to emergency services. For more information on this similar technology see New EU cars to be fitted with 112 ecall.
Similarly, when perfected the early warning braking device could warn nearby drivers that a car has broken down and to go past slowly not at ‘hair raising’ speeds. It is also hoped that the system will be able to eventually communicate with traffic lights on the same network. Effectively, the traffic lights would then be proficient enough to control the flow on the roads.
When the light flashes, motorists will have plenty of warning to mitigate or use another diversion to get to their destination.
Tests took place in Frankfurt, Germany by Ford. The technology was tested on 120 cars which involved more than 500 drivers. Some of the latest Ford cars were used including some of the Ford's S-Max models. The vehicles that were tested drove 41,000 hours, 1.6 km on public roads and tests were also completed on enclosed test track roads.
More than 19 other devices have also been tested by Ford Motors. This includes the Obstacle Warning system; this potentially warns the motorist of dangerous objects that could be near or in the road. Another device tested was the Traffic Signal Assistant; this is still in its early days, and no information has been made public yet. Additionally, Public Traffic Management, Safe Intelligent Mobility and the In-car Internet Access were also among the software that was tested.
Manufacturers are keen to promote the early warning device when it is released onto the market. Ford are also in process of working on even more products that could be put into operation in the foreseeable future. Ford's ultimate goal is to assist in major technology advancements and road safety. It is anticipated that the early warning system will save countless lives and fatal accidents.