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  1. Drive Testing The Latest Safety Systems With Ford

    by , 01-25-2011 at 03:08 PM
    Mike Shulman, a technology leader at Ford, explains current efforts to expand active safety technology in vehicles. As opposed to passive safety technology, in which cars are designed to protect passengers in the event of an accident, active safety technology is designed to avoid an accident in the first place. This is done by designing vehicles that are capable of collecting information from their surroundings: lane markings, other vehicles, traffic signals, etc. The challenge is developing technology that can communicate quickly, frequently, effectively, and securely. But, the potential upside is clear: a dramatic decrease in the number of traffic accidents (early estimates are in the 80% range).

    This is why Ford is cooperating with its competitors—virtually every other auto manufacturer—to try to establish an all-inclusive standard for equipping all vehicles with wireless communications technology. Toward that end, the FCC has allocated a certain range of wireless space that is dedicated to this project and shared by the entire industry.

    Ford has been showing off these new features by conducting WiFi and crash avoidance demonstrations with its new vehicles. Each is equipped with wireless technology that allows each vehicle to communicate with each other. So, information like which lane a car is in or if another driver is about to run a red light is sent from one vehicle to another, warning the driver of a potential collision. Because the vehicles are communicating with each other in addition to transmitting GPS information, the relative accuracy is surprisingly good: less than one meter.

    The idea is to securely transmit safety information about ten times a second that is accurate within one meter.Perhaps even more exciting is the aftermarket possibilities for this technology. For a nominal cost, any vehicle can be equipped with a gadget that will incorporate this technology. There is even discussion about integrating it into smartphones and other devices, which may decrease vehicle/pedestrian accidents as well. In addition, because traffic information could be transmitted more effectively and accurately, drivers could avoid congested areas by responding to constantly updated traffic data.


    A look at the antennas and the technology behind the safety systems with Joe Stinnett

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    We take the Car for a Drive with Ford Engineers Joe Stinnett & Farid Ahmed-Zaid

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    An Interview with Mike Shulman about some more of the technical details of the systemsand some thoughts about when you can buy this technology and how much it will cost.

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    Updated 02-05-2011 at 04:46 PM by optikalefx

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  2. CES 2009 - MiMo USB Monitor from Nanovision

    by , 11-30-2009 at 11:31 AM
    This MiMo display by NanoVision is 800x480 and powered by usb port only. It is easy to fabricate into a project and the screen tilts vertically.
  3. SEMA 2009 - Ford Dewalt Part 2

    by , 11-18-2009 at 09:26 AM
    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a more in depth look at all of the features of the 2010 Ford Dewalt. Crew Chief is an optional feature that allows a user to track their fleet of trucks or vans, with information such as mileage, usage, idle time and more.
  4. SEMA 2009 - Ford Dewalt Truck

    by , 11-18-2009 at 09:20 AM
    Rob Wray from mp3Car checks out the new 2010 ford super duty truck with built in nav and tool kit. This truck has a really great work feature that let's you have a mobile office. You can use "log me in" to log into a users computer. The RFID tool tracker system allows one to keep track of those expensive tools.
  5. SEMA 2009 - Optima Tech Truck

    by , 11-17-2009 at 07:25 AM
    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look at what one can accomplish with a car computer. This truck has a huge LCD in the back of the truck, plus custom keyboard, built in navigation, media player and tons of other tech goodies.
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