Driving is considered as a pleasurable experience by many auto fans. But even the biggest fans of cars consider driving through traffic jams as a pain. And like all problems have a solution, Ford, the American carmaker has developed a new technology that will make the pain of driving through traffic jams a thing of the past.
Ford has announced the development of a self driving car that can drive through traffic jams while the driver relaxes inside the car. Ford has claimed this new technology is more advanced than Google's self driving cars.
Self driving cars are no longer imaginary. However they are limited to follow a particular route and are programmed to respond to very few traffic situations. However, Ford has stated that its new technology will allow the car to drive itself at low speeds whenever there is a traffic jam.
The system named 'Traffic Jam Assist' can be activated just by a press of a button. It has a radar based system fitted to the car's rear view mirror which scans the road for traffic. Whenever it detects heavy traffic and a jam, it intimates the driver through voice and asks he wants to switch to traffic jam assist. The moment it gets a positive response from the driver, the system's computers takeover the car.
The system will then follow the traffic in front. It brakes whenever the vehicle in front slows down and accelerates whenever it picks up speed. The system incredible will also look out for cars entering its lane in front and will quickly apply the brakes to avoid a collision. The driver will be returned control over the car when the speed of the car crosses 30mph.
While all the points about Ford's new technology can be appreciated, unfortunately the Traffic Jam Assist has been designed to work only in highways. Its current version being tested in Europe cannot run well on city traffic. Ford has stated that this technology is still in its initial phase and a full fledged version can be seen in its cars in five years.
Ford's traffic jam assist can turn out to be a boon for people who regularly travel through dense traffic. Experts have said if Traffic Jam Assist is used widely, the speed of vehicles stuck in a jam could be increased by 37 per cent.