Vodafone and Ford test digital parking guidance system: Page 2 of 2

July 01, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Vodafone and Ford test digital parking guidance system
In large cities, the search by drivers for a free parking space now accounts for up to 30% of the entire road traffic. However, the problem is by no means caused solely by the lack of free parking spaces but by the lack of available timely information. As part of a research collaboration, Ford and Vodafone try to solve the problem by using sensor-equipped parking lots and mobile phones.

Within the KoMoD project, the cooperation partners are researching further networked application scenarios that are intended to relieve road congestion in the future:

  • Traffic light assistance systems inform drivers about the duration of red and green phases of traffic lights. This can avoid abrupt braking at red traffic lights, increase safety, reduce fuel consumption and optimize traffic flow. This is because drivers can adjust speeds with foresight.
  • Tunnel information systems give drivers advance information about lane closures, speed limits or slow-moving vehicles in tunnels.
  • Networked Vario signs along the main traffic arteries provide up-to-date information on major events that can influence local traffic. This includes, for example, exhibitions, concerts or football matches with many spectators.
  • Intelligent traffic control systems on the motorway improve the entire traffic flow by short-term adaptation of speed limits.
  • Smart traffic sign recognition sends speed and hazard sign information directly to cars via mobile radio. While traffic sign recognition with cameras is available in many vehicles, its functionality is limited in bad weather or surrounded by large vehicles. The transmission of traffic sign information to the vehicle via a mobile phone connection directly from the sign ensures that all drivers see important safety notices.
  • The bad weather warning automatically transmits current weather conditions (e.g. sudden heavy rain) from a vehicle to all cars in the vicinity. For example, if a vehicle's automatic windscreen wipers detect rain, this information is shared directly with other vehicles.

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