Ford has unveiled plans to help provide drivers of connected vehicles across multiple brands with advance warning of potentially dangerous driving conditions on the road ahead, as part of a landmark road safety data sharing agreement.
Ford’s Local Hazard Information service, introduced in early 2020, can already warn drivers of road safety dangers that might be around the corner. With the new European agreement, vehicles from other manufacturers will now be able to identify and share information about hazards they encounter, together helping improve road safety by enabling more drivers to prepare for dangers ahead.
Led by the European Commission-backed Data for Road Safety partnership, the agreement follows a 16-month proof of concept during 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.
Alongside Ford, other partners include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, TomTom and HERE Technologies.
Peter Geffers, manager, Connected Vehicles, Ford of Europe, says: “Connected vehicles help drivers to anticipate hazards that may be lurking just around the next bend. Road-safety data sharing ecosystems are more effective the more vehicles and telematics sources they include; extending the benefits of this technology to those who do not drive Ford cars represents a significant step forwards.”
Joost Vantomme, chairman of the new SRTI ecosystem. “The Data for Road Safety ecosystem is a public-private partnership that delivers enriched data to improve road safety in a very tangible way, so it is a win-win situation for society as a whole. The vehicle manufacturers participating in the project are willing to share data on a daily basis, and will continue their endeavours to contribute to the SRTI data ecosystem, together with all partners.”
The data-sharing ecosystem now open to new participants.