As if that weren’t enough, once in a while you would hear sirens blaring from an emergency vehicle responding to, well, an emergency. Being the law-abiding citizen that you are, you’re willing to oblige and pull over just to make way – provided, of course, that you knew where it was coming from. The din of Philippine traffic, from horns to open mufflers can make it difficult to pinpoint the source of such an urgent sound.
Fortunately, Ford Europe has the answer. The company announced that it has recently developed technology that will notify drivers when an emergency vehicle is nearby.
Ford Europe has recently developed technology that will notify drivers when an emergency vehicle is nearby
According to Christian Ress of Ford Europe’s research and advanced engineering division, the system will help improve response time for emergency personnel. "Time is precious for emergency services and this technology could help to shave valuable seconds off their journeys by enabling drivers to avoid being an obstruction".
Ford is set to demonstrate their emergency vehicle warning system this week at the UK’s Autodrive event, a £20 million government-sponsored trial of networked cars that is backed by various technology and automotive firms, local authorities and academic institutions.
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You can see a YouTube video explaining how the technology works below:
Statistics show that in 2015, there have been 475 road accidents in the UK involving emergency vehicles. Ford Europe hopes that the technology will eventually advise drivers on the best course of action in safely making way for emergency responders on the road.
Ford had previously demonstrated similar systems that warn of cars ahead braking abruptly, in case they are hidden by a bend in the road, as well as how to synchronize with traffic lights to improve travel in urban areas. The company expects to conclude trials for all four technologies by the end of 2018.
Here’s hoping that the technology will reach the Philippines in the not-too-distant future.
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