Ford commits to 'talking' and 'listening' vehicles in 2022

January 08, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Ford commits to 'talking' and 'listening' vehicles in 2022
Automaker Ford Motor Company (Detroit, MI) has announced that it is committing to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X) in all of its new vehicle models in the U.S. beginning in 2022.

C-V2X enables equipped vehicles to "talk" to and "listen" for similarly equipped vehicles, people, and traffic management infrastructure such as traffic lights to relay important information and help make city mobility safer and less congested. Planned alongside the rapidly building 5G cellular network, C-V2X enables direct communication between connected devices without requiring a signal to first travel to a cellular tower, allowing vehicles to quickly send and receive information.

Ultimately, says the company, it lets drivers know what's ahead of them even before they have to encounter it. Examples include navigating four-way stops, where vehicles will be able to communicate with each other to negotiate which one has the right of way, and accidents, where a car that's involved in an accident can relay its status to approaching vehicles.

Similarly, a pedestrian equipped with a mobile phone could convey their location to vehicles, ensuring that everyone on the road is aware of people who may be out of their direct line of sight. Looking further out, says the company, cities could even use the technology to enable smart vehicles to "talk" to smart traffic management systems to create better flowing transportation systems.

"Our move to deploy this technology builds on our prior commitment to equip every model we release in the United States with conventional cellular connectivity by the end of 2019." says Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product. "C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360, our advanced suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks, including F-150, going forward."

With plans to roll out 5G cellular networks underway, says the company, C-V2X can complement the sensors of self-driving cars by adding to their comprehensive view from LiDAR, radar, and camera sensors. For example, emergency vehicles equipped with C-V2X transmitters could notify self-driving vehicles on their route so the vehicles could pull over or reroute in plenty of

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