Most automotive crash avoidance systems are on the lookout for objects directly in front of the vehicle, but Ford is working on technology that's also going to help prevent cars from getting T-boned at intersections.
Ford's Automatic Braking Intersection Collision Avoidance System (ABICAS), which is under development, uses radio-based wireless sensors rather than camera-based sensors to detect other vehicles outfitted with the same technology within a 360-degree radius. Using vehicle-to-vehicle communication, GPS, navigation maps, and complex traffic algorithms, the ABICAS can alert the driver of possible accidents at an intersection and intervene by alerting the driver and activating the brakes.
Approximately 40 percent of all accidents and 20 percent of all traffic-related fatalities occur at intersections, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The advanced crash avoidance technology could also prevent drivers from running red lights.
Using real-time GPS information and networked traffic signals, the system can determine if a vehicle needs to stop for an upcoming red light. If the vehicle doesn't decelerate quickly enough, the system could automatically activate the brakes for the driver.