Ford found a solution against country traffic jamsAugust 1, 2018
In summer, during the holiday season, traffic jams on country roads sometimes arise for inexplicable reasons: there are no accidents or road restrictions, and the traffic is still stalled. In Europe, motorists also face a similar problem, in Germany it even has its own name: Blechlawine, that is, the “iron avalanche”.
Ford experts and scientists from the University of Vanderbilt in the United States have proven by experience that such road delays can be minimized by the massive use of active cruise control technology.
On the closed road Ford drivers 36 cars reproduced the conditions of normal traffic on the road, with adaptive cruise control was included in all. The same drivers then drove the track with the disabled adaptive cruise control, independently controlling the acceleration and deceleration of the car.
The result: the activated adaptive cruise control seriously reduced the consequences of sudden braking for vehicles moving behind. And this result was preserved, even if the technology was used only on one car out of three. At sudden braking of cars ahead people braked more sharply, than the situation demanded, and it generated a “wave” of braking, practically paralyzed movement.
Earlier, a study conducted by the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Aachen found that equipping cars with active cruise control and a front-end collision warning system could prevent about 5% of road accidents on European highways that caused human health damage or greatly alleviate their consequences. In addition, the introduction of these technologies can save drivers a total of more than three million hours from their annual traffic jams and reduce fuel consumption by a car by 3%.