Ford has been participating in a special test of high-tech early warning brake light from Safe Intelligent Mobility - Testfield Germany (SIM-TD) as part of a four-year joint industry research project. The experimental 'Electronic Brake Light' is just one of 20 potential future systems from SIM-TD.
The 'Electronic Brake Light' aims to warn drivers of cars following behind even if they are around a bend or even behind other cars. It works by transmitting a wireless signal to the cars following behind in cases of emergency braking situations that illuminates a dashboard light in the cars behind.
The field tests involved 500 test drivers in 120 vehicles including 20 Ford S-MAX models and have logged more than 41,000 hours and almost a million miles on public roads and enclosed test track in Germany.
“Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications represent one of the next major advancements in vehicle safety,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “Ford is committed to further real-world testing here and around the world with the goal of implementation in the foreseeable future.”
Additionally, the technology can provide obstacle warning system that alerts the presence, position and type of potentially hazardous objects in the road and traffic sign assistant that keeps in contact with traffic management centers for up-to-date traffic information.