Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicular wrong way travel detection system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on October 6th, 2020, published on April 7th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0108605.
The Ford Authority Take
Fatal wrong way crashes have risen dramatically in the U.S. over the past couple of years, most of which are caused by impaired, older, or distracted drivers. As a result, it isn’t entirely surprising to learn that Ford is looking at ways to mitigate this alarming trend. In fact, back in 2018, the automaker launched a new wrong way alert technology in Europe that uses GPS information to alert drivers to the fact that they’re traveling in the wrong direction.
This new Ford patent aims to take that technology to another level by using any number of devices – including GPS or the driver’s smartphone – to identify if a vehicle is traveling in the wrong lane, drawing upon coordinates or even a database of road rules to make that determination. If that is indeed the case, the vehicle would then alert both the driver and possibly even the drivers of nearby vehicles of the potentially dangerous situation.
With wrong way accident deaths growing by nearly one-third in the U.S. over the past couple of years, the need for technology like this is quite evident. And while a simple driver warning system may be enough to dramatically decrease the number of lives lost to these kinds of accidents, it seems that Ford is also considering using connected vehicle technology to warn other drivers that a vehicle may be traveling toward them in the wrong direction, too.