Ford shares data from its connected vehicles with other manufacturers to make every journey safer

As part of a landmark agreement to share road safety data, Ford is committed to providing drivers of connected vehicles from several automakers with advance warning of potentially dangerous road conditions. Local Hazard Warning technology has been introduced on several of our models around the world. It warns drivers of the dangers of the road that could arise at the next corner of the street. Thanks to this new agreement, vehicles from other manufacturers will now be able to identify and share information on the dangers they encounter, which will help improve road safety by allowing more drivers to prepare for the dangers that arise. await them. “Connected vehicles help drivers anticipate dangers that might lie around the next corner. Road safety data sharing ecosystems are all the more effective the higher the number of vehicles and telematics sources they include. Extending the benefits of this technology to those who do not drive Ford vehicles is a big step forward ”explains Peter Geffers, Director of Connected Vehicles at Ford Europe Led by the“ Data for Road Safety ”partnership supported by the European Commission, l The deal follows a 16-month proof of concept period in which tens of millions of Safety Related Traffic Information (SRTI) messages – such as broken down vehicles, slippery roads, or reduced visibility – were exchanged between different vehicles. Partners alongside Ford are BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, with the data sharing ecosystem now open to new participants. Anonymous data from various vehicle components, such as the use of fog lights, emergency braking or the activation of airbags, is analyzed on board to determine the presence and location of potential dangers. These alert messages are sent using the FordPass Connect modem to a secure Ford server from which the data is distributed to SRTI partners who aggregate danger messages from various sources and then share them with multiple vehicle brands. .