Ford wants to use smartphones to alert drivers of pedestrians
Ford will unveil an innovative safety feature for smartphones, alerting drivers to nearby cyclists or pedestrians to avoid crashes.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy, the app sends a location alert to passing Ford vehicles from nearby cyclists, scooter riders or pedestrians. The infotainment system then analyzes the risk and warns the driver through screen and audio alerts. The application is to debut at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s World Congress this week and is compatible with the latest infotainment system, according to TechCrunch.
Ford says the app is complimentary of the Co-Pilot360 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and applies brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in time. The safety application uses radio waves to detect people or obstacles, while Ford says it can communicate with several devices with similar equipment in range.
Ford is expected to reveal the details of the ADAS application, including the range it can detect pedestrians.