How about, is this Ford EVOS good-looking?
But our focus today is not this car, but the "Ford Vehicle-Road Coordination System" it is equipped with.
Last month, Ford announced that the vehicle-road coordination system officially landed in Guangzhou, making Guangzhou the third city to support the system after Wuxi and Changsha.
Yes, that's right, this is already the third city. Since January this year, Ford's vehicle-road coordination system has been applied to Ford's production models, making Ford the first OEM in the industry to bring the vehicle-road coordination system into production vehicles.
What is vehicle-road synergy?
The little thing on the traffic light that looks like a router is the basis for realizing vehicle-road collaboration.
As a wireless communication technology for vehicles, vehicle-road collaboration technology allows vehicles, road infrastructure, urban management platforms, and other traffic participants to share current status, action intentions and other information through their respective communication devices, assisting vehicles and other road traffic Participants make safer and more efficient decisions.
For example: When driving on the road, you suddenly find a green light 300 meters ahead. Will you accelerate?
I believe many people will do it, but the most uncomfortable thing is that when we are about to pass this intersection, the signal light turns red.
Imagine if we can know in advance that the remaining time of the green light is not enough for us to pass this intersection, would we not have to speed up?
▲The green light turning left ahead has 46 seconds left
This is one of the main functions of Ford's road synergy. We can see the light color of the front signal light and its remaining time on the dashboard.
▲It will also be displayed simultaneously on the navigation of the central control screen
In addition, there are red light warning and green light start reminders, which are very useful when following the car behind the big car.
▲Red light warning
▲Green light start reminder
What's interesting is that when your car speed happens to pass the next green light, you will enter a "green wave speed" mode.
▲Green Wave Speed
Once you enter this mode, you can feel at ease. As long as you maintain the current speed, you will be able to pass the green light in front. You don't need to step on the accelerator to accelerate through. If you control your right foot, you can control the fuel consumption.
The above is the V2I part of the vehicle-road collaboration technology, which is the interconnection of vehicles and intelligent infrastructure. In addition, the vehicle-road collaboration technology also includes vehicle-to-vehicle interconnection (V2V), vehicle-to-cloud interconnection (V2N), and vehicle-pedestrian interconnection ( V2P).
This is like an upgrade package for vehicle sensors, which allows the vehicle to perceive risks outside the acceptable range of the sensor, thereby helping the driver avoid congestion and reduce the risk of collisions and running red lights. This is impossible for any camera or lidar.
There is a future with scale
Different from other car companies that adopt short-distance direct communication mode, Ford's vehicle-road collaboration system adopts a "car-road-cloud" network model, which uses the city's intelligent network cloud control platform to connect intelligent network road infrastructure data Distribute it to connected vehicles.
Taking Changsha and Wuxi as examples, related units are responsible for the operation and management of the city's intelligent networked cloud control platform and road infrastructure data. There are clear operators and road data is more secure.
In terms of vehicles, since this model is currently based on the existing 4G network, car companies can push V2I functions to existing or new models through OTA without adding hardware in the car, forming a scale effect.
And scale is the top priority of the "vehicle-road synergy" model.
For example, there is a green light in front of you that is about to end, but the "green wave speed" on the dashboard makes you confident and not worried about not being able to cross this intersection. But at this time, you suddenly find that the car in front is slowing down, so you have to slow down and wait with him for the next green light.
There is a saying that goes well: "Hello everyone, it is really good."
There are so many road traffic participants on the road, and you are the only one fast. That's useless, right? How to spread the roads together to achieve scale is the biggest problem facing Ford.
In response, Ford China’s Vice President of Intelligent Networking and Digital Experience, Leon Hong said,
We are very willing to work with industry partners to actively explore the business model and industrialization path of smart transportation systems in Chinese cities to promote the development of smart cities in China.
In the future, as more and more cities accelerate the construction of smart transportation, more cities are bound to have the ability to operate smart networks, and there may even be a nationwide smart network "cloud" operator.
Will there be traffic jams at that time?
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