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Ford wants its cars to ‘talk’ with traffic lights and pedestrians

Ford wants its cars to 'talk' with traffic lights and pedestrians

This vending machine bakes bread all by itself 00:51 At CES 2019 in Las Vegas on Monday, the automaker announced plans to start selling cars that feature this type of technology in 2022.

The technology, called cellular vehicle-to-everything (or C-V2X for short), uses wireless signals to share road data, such as a car’s location or the color of a traffic light, with other vehicles.

Ford believes it will make cities safer by better informing drivers of their surroundings, and compares the innovation to the invention of the traffic light in the 19th century.

“The world’s first traffic light [helped] people move through a congested London intersection that had become dangerous for pedestrians due to the popularity of horse-drawn carriages,” Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product, wrote in a Medium post. “At Ford, 150 years later, we are excited to continue advancing this type of thinking.”

Ford said it is still determining how the technology would work, but a driver might receive an alert — or their car could automatically brake — if a red light or pedestrian was detected ahead. Eventually, Ford envisions C-V2X as an aid for its self-driving cars . (Ford’s 380-person self-driving team, Argo AI, is testing vehicles in Pittsburgh.) CES 2019 kicks off with breast pumps and a bread robot But critics says the cost of installing the technology will be burdensome for cash-strapped governments. Corinne Kisner, deputy director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, called the expense of installing and maintaining vehicle-to-everything technology a major concern.

Many municipalities struggle to fill their potholes, let alone install smart city technology. She also described any effort to require a pedestrian to carry a smartphone to guarantee safety as a dangerous paradigm shift.

“It’s an unreasonable burden to ask or require people walking in their […]

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