Intersection Priority Management (IPM) – being demonstrated on the streets of Milton Keynes, U.K., as part of the government-funded UK Autodrive programme aiming to keep drivers driving and bring an end to unnecessary stops at junctions.

For the trial, test cars have been equipped with V2V communication systems that broadcast the vehicles’ location, direction of travel and speed. The onboard IPM systems are able to identify an upcoming junction and the trajectory of other vehicles approaching it. It will then suggest an optimum speed for each vehicle as they approach the junction that will allow them pass through safely.

The vehicles in the trial have people behind the wheel, but it is envisaged that autonomous vehicles could also benefit from the technology. IPM builds upon other connected-car technologies developed by Ford and its project partners as part of UK Autodrive, a £20M programme taking self-driving and connected car technologies from the test track to the streets.