Ford has announced plans to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, commonly known as C-V2X, in all new vehicle models in the United States starting from 2022.
It was in the year 1868 that an English engineer named John Peake Knight invented the world’s first traffic light to help people move through a packed London junction that had become quite threatening for pedestrians because of the numerous horse-drawn carriages that were popular in those times. Moving forward 150 years to the present day at Ford, the company has issued a statement regarding its commitment to deploy C-V2X technology in their future vehicles.
C-V2X serves as a foundation for vehicles to communicate with each other and everything around them to ensure road safety along with plenty of other applications. C-V2X technology uses wireless signals to share a variety of road data with other vehicles in the surrounding such as the vehicle’s location, color of the traffic light, etc,. With this technology the driver will have a head’s up of what is ahead of them before they face it. C-V2X can also complement driver-assist technologies and the autonomous vehicles of the future which utilize on-board sensors. When vehicles are connected together, collisions, bottlenecks, lane change accidents and traffic jams can be avoided.
Ford’s move to deploy this technology builds on their earlier commitment to equip every model they release in the United States with traditional cellular connectivity by the end of 2019. C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360, their advanced suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, including F-150, going forward.
For C-V2X to be completely functional, there must be a conductive regulatory environment in place due to which Ford has been working and coordinating with industry and government organizations to create such a technology-neutral environment. Ford is also inviting other automakers, infrastructure and road operators and other key players to work alongside and advance the momentum for C-V2X.