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Ford Connected Car technology warns drivers of accidents, traffic jams or bizarre weather

Ford drivers will soon receive warnings from their CAR about accidents, traffic jams and bad weather on the road

  • Local Hazard Information Technology (LHI) was first tested on the Ford Puma
  • Trial success means that Ford will be rolled out to the rest of its vehicles this year
  • The company claims that 80% of Ford vehicles should be equipped with the technology by 2020

Ford wants to equip 80 percent of its 2020 vehicles with technology that warns drivers of upcoming traffic accidents, bad weather and traffic jams.

It is rolling out its Local Hazard Information Technology (LHI) after a successful European test of the technology on its Ford Puma.

The system collects data from other connected road users, emergency services and authorities and sends it directly from the cloud to the car.

Warnings appear on the dashboard display of the car and warn the driver of what is around the corner.

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Ford wants to equip 80 percent of its 2020 vehicles with its Local Hazard Information Technology (LHI) after a successful European test of the technology on its Ford Puma

Ford wants to equip 80 percent of its 2020 vehicles with its Local Hazard Information Technology (LHI) after a successful European test of the technology on its Ford Puma

Ford claims that the system will be activated by what happens to Ford cars equipped with its built-in FordPass Connect modem – which connects to the Internet via a 4G connection.

A variety of events can cause a warning, including the deployment of airbags, activated warning lights, or wipers in use.

Ford claims that the service can also be used for everything from hailstorms to sudden floods or even landslides.

Unlike the current apps that require manual input, this all happens autonomously.

The Ford Puma (photo), a mini SUV sold in Europe last year, was tested with the technology and Ford is now extending the use of the system to more vehicles. Information from connected vehicles is stored in the cloud and information from emergency services and authorities

The Ford Puma (photo), a mini SUV sold in Europe last year, was tested with the technology and Ford is now extending the use of the system to more vehicles. Information from connected vehicles is stored in the cloud and information from emergency services and authorities

The Ford Puma (photo), a mini SUV sold in Europe last year, was tested with the technology and Ford is now extending the use of the system to more vehicles. Information from connected vehicles is stored in the cloud and information from emergency services and authorities

Joerg Beyer, engineering director at Ford in Europe, said: “What makes Local Hazard Information different is that it is the cars that are connected – via the Internet of Things.

“There is no dependence on third-party apps. This is an important step forward. Warnings are specific, relevant and tailor-made to help improve your specific journey. ”

Apps such as Waze are extremely popular with drivers because road users are looking for information about current conditions and want real-time updates about what is happening.

The modem that connects to the internet is connected and equipped as standard and connectivity is free for a year.

Continuous use of the service costs customers an annual subscription of £ 60 + VAT.

HOW DOES FORD’S LOCAL HAZARD INFORMATION WORK?

Unlike current apps that require manual input, data is provided autonomously.

Ford cars equipped with the built-in FordPass Connect modem – which connects to the internet via a 4G connection – will automatically upload data about what’s happening on the road.

This is stored in the cloud and supplemented with information from emergency services and the authorities.

Information about what is happening on the road is then sent to nearby road users who may be out of sight but benefit from the information.

It appears on the dashboard of the Ford cars.

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