Ford, Safety Leaders working to bring intelligent vehicles to market
Intelligent vehicles potentially could prevent 81 percent of all police-reported light-vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. Traffic congestion keeps getting worse in American cities, annually wasting nearly 3.9 billion gallons of fuel, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's (TTI) 2010 Urban Mobility Report.
Ford Motor Company is talking with Dr. Seeck to discuss bringing intelligent vehicle technology to the world sooner and more affordably. Ford is leading research and working with automakers and safety leaders on the advanced wireless systems that can allow vehicles to "talk" to each other, reducing crashes and congestion.
"Intelligent vehicle technology has the potential to significantly reduce crashes. We want to work with Ford and others who are leading development of this technology to harmonize the underlying standards and requirements on a global level," said Seeck.
Ford is developing advanced crash avoidance systems using GPS technologies and wireless interactivity on a secured channel allocated by the FCC to create intelligent vehicles that communicate with each other in traffic and helping drivers avoid or mitigate crashes.
In addition to serving as president of Euro NCAP, Seeck also is head of Vehicle Technology with the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt).