Ford’s New Technology – Good or Bad?
Are you done driving your car? Really, really done? Ready for a future without having to worry about driving, instead leaving that task to a robot. Ford plans for that day soon.
Recently, Ford released an “Autonomous Driving Technology Video” that is expanding on Ford’s parallel parking technology. The current technology is aimed at allowing your car to drive themselves in particularly stressful situations like traffic jams. The technology uses a “string of radar and camera devices to keep a vehicle in its proper lane, maintaining pace with the traffic around it, according to a report on CarConnection.com. Ford is calling it (not surprisingly) Traffic Jam Assist.
While it is pretty obvious that there are many benefits to this technology including:
- Reduced stress – sit back and let the car manage the often aggravating speed changes that traffic jams involve.
- Improved traffic flow – many driving experts point out that if all drivers drove at a lower, consistent speed it would actually increase traffic flow for all cars. Ford engineers suggest traffic could cut travel times 37.5 percent.
- Fewer accidents – quite often aggravated drivers take more risks during traffic jams causing more accidents. By using the traffic jam assist technology, cars are less likely to be involved in accidents.
Even with these benefits, there is some lingering resentment to giving up driving completely. Ford’s new technology driving focus of parallel parking assist and traffic jam assist makes it seem like the days of driving your own car are going away. While the reality of computers driving completely seems to still be many years away, this new Ford technology is the stepping stone to those days.
If you follow the trends it would seem that the future of cars is a computer-driven electric vehicle that you program with coordinates and plug-in when you get there. Are you excited for that future?
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