Earlier this year, Ford announced its new Local Hazard Information technology that will revolutionize how our vehicles communicate with one another — and how they keep us safe. The technology will initially debut this year in the Ford Puma in Europe, but Ford promises the technology will be available on 80 percent of its lineup, globally, by the end of 2020.
So what is Local Hazard Information? Quite simply, it is a way for a Ford model that encounters a hazard on the road, such as an accident, traffic jam, washout, or other unexpected obstacle, to warn vehicles farther back on the road about the dangers that lie ahead. The drivers have to do no work for this to happen — instead, the system will use information from hazard warning lights, windshield wipers, airbags, and more to notify vehicles farther back on the road. Drivers of those vehicles will then receive a notification about the upcoming hazard and can prepare for it, or exit the road and find a new route.
“What makes Local Hazard Information different is that it is the cars that are connected — via the Internet of Things,” remarked Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford of Europe. “There is no reliance on third-party apps. This is a significant step forward. Warnings are specific, relevant, and tailored to try to help improve your specific journey.”
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