Automakers prepare to revolutionize safety technology with Wi-Fi communications

January 27, 2011 12:00 AM

As the auto industry continues to make massive breakthroughs with innovative technologies, a number of manufacturers have announced plans to invest millions of research and development dollars to enable vehicles that could wirelessly communicate.

The technology would assist drivers by giving them more up-to-the minute traffic alerts and other hazards.

Ford's group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, Sue Cischke, told Industry Week, "Ford believes intelligent vehicles that talk to each other through advanced Wi-Fi are the next frontier of collision-avoidance innovations that could revolutionize the driving experience and hold the potential of helping reduce many crashes."

Experts claim these innovations could be traveling on freeways within five years, but Ford believes they will provide demonstrations next year.

While radar-enhanced safety technologies use only a direct sight-line, these Wi-Fi machines would have a 360-degree system that protects every part of the car.

Benefits of the new system include warnings if a car in your path stops suddenly, and providing information when the driver's vision is impaired by an object or the sun. In addition, blind spots when traveling on freeways will be a thing of the past thanks to the Wi-Fi's ability to warn of unsafe lane changes.

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