Ford’s vision for a traffic light-free future is amazing - and terrifying
Traffic is a hateful word. We all hate it. What's even worse is when you find out that the average person spends two whole days waiting at lights, a year. That's scary enough as it is, but Ford - the everyday saviour has come up with a concept, to combat traffic issues.
The idea is to eliminate the need to stop at lights and junctions, allowing the flow of traffic to keep on going, with little to no accidents. IMP - Intersection Priority Management is the technology which uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to coordinate with each other. This is very much like the autonomous vehicles we are seeing now, but slightly more advance, yet not taking fun control away from the driver, it's more of a driver aid.
Let's learn a little
Let's have an example. Two cars are coming towards a junction, they both sense each other, decide depending on the road and the highway code - something like the 'right of way'. Car A will slow down slightly to a safer speed as car B will carry on as normal, as it has right of way on the junction. The driver is always aware of the changes in speed on the dashboard, so there is no surprise scares waiting for you when you jump in your car. With me so far?
Good, because if this works as well as we have seen so far - this may have more positive effect than saving you two days of your life. It may save the planet. As you could imagine, not stopping at lights and stop signs will mean you are doing one less thing - braking. Braking is one of the most environmentally damaging things you do when driving, alongside aggressive acceleration, but that is so much more fun - so overlook that bit right now.
Saving fuel and saving lives is what this IPM technology is all about, not just saving time. Maybe the information they gather from this driver aid will improve autonomous vehicles, merging systems and making cars safer and easier to drive than ever. Still, in it's early days, it will need a human driving the vehicle, to understand what the car may be asking or instructing in emergencies. Doesn't sound too bad now, does it?
Less braking, less crashing, less C02.
How can that be bad?