Ford has begun testing a new technology that will automatically reduce the speed of vehicles on urban pedestrian areas. The technology is called Geofencing, which will be used on vehicles to create a virtual zone where they can slow down on their own without driver intervention. The technology will be tested in Cologne, Germany with the help of two Ford E-Transit models.
The American manufacturer is preparing a new technology, which will be added to the models of the future series. The new technology is called Geofencing Speed Limit Control System, a virtual geographical border within which the car will automatically reduce speed. The technology will be tested in Cologne, Germany with the help of two Ford E-Transit models.
The new system will be used in pedestrian areas, near schools, hospitals and shops, where the maximum speed is 30 km / h. The technology will be tested in some parts of the city, where the maximum legal speed is 50 km / h.
The geofencing system will work with other support systems, such as Intelligent Speed Assist and adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Ford says the Geofencing system will be more flexible, more efficient than other systems, and will be a new feature for Ford’s future commercial-passenger models.
In the case of GPS location, the driver will be warned of a new speed limit before entering the new limit area. The car will automatically slow down after warning the driver. If the system is activated, the car will be able to drive at a speed of at least 20 km / h in pedestrian areas. Speed limits can be adjusted dynamically depending on road obstacles, work or time of day. The driver can turn off the system instead.
The technology will be tested until March 2023. In this regard, Ford is also testing the system to improve air quality in cities when the car enters the low-emission zone.