American manufacturer Ford announced today it is trying to develop a new crash avoidance system, one which would rely heavily on the cars' abilities to communicate to one another. Dubbed Automatic Braking Intersection Collision Avoidance System (ABICAS), the system uses radio-based wireless sensors, GPS, and navigation information to detect the relative location of other radio-equipped test vehicles.
The system has been designed to warn the drivers about looming side-impact collisions and if required, automatically activate the brakes to avoid or lessen the damage that may be caused by such crashes.
Enabled by wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communications, ABICAS works in conjunction with radar- and camera-based driver assist features. While radar and camera sensors can detect the vehicles in the vicinity, the radio-based wireless sensors give vehicles a 360-degree view. When a vehicle is equipped with a dedicated short-range wireless radio, it can communicate with similarly equipped vehicles, and use the shared information in concert with its safety systems.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 40 percent of all traffic accidents happen in intersections, most of them being side-impact collisions.
"By leveraging wireless technology, Ford is developing tomorrow’s crash avoidance systems today," Jim Vondale, Ford Automotive Safety Office director said in a statement.
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