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Ford is developing a futuristic wireless technology based on a form of WiFi and GPS to enable cars to “talk” to each other and help avoid crashes and potentially reduce fuel consumption. We checked out Ford’s demo in San Francisco on Wednesday and shot this video.

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Ford is developing a futuristic wireless technology based on a form of WiFi and GPS to enable cars to “talk” to each other and help avoid crashes and potentially reduce fuel consumption. We checked out Ford’s demo in San Francisco on Wednesday and shot this lil’ video. Check it out:

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  1. I think that’s potentially a really good system. The only problem of course is that every car has to have it and it has to be a standardised system. It’s not really a lot of good if the Ford and Toyota wireless don’t talk to each other. Crunch! :-)

    I guess the question is how would every car or nearly every car get the system. I suppose all the car companies could form a group and make an open source standard. You’d probably need the government to mandate it though. Every car would need GPS though. If the government mandates that I can see a whole load of political problems as people worry if it’s going to be used to prosecute them for speeding or track their movements. It is a hell of a lot simpler than radar / lidar / cameras from a technology point of view. Pretty cool and elegantly simple.

  2. If every car was tracked using GPS you could do some really cool things with traffic management. I think we may be going in that direction. It will sneak up on people. They will all want connected cars and GPS because it offers great benefits. They won’t understand it’s a data gold mine like they don’t think about how twitter and Facebook use their data. Several years down the line and everyone will just have a connected car and at that point when they realise it’s allowing advanced traffic management stuff they won’t want to get rid of it because they will be used to it and love the things it is allowing them to do. …there! my uniformed musings about the future. :-)

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