Ford helping drivers answer that siren call
Trying to locate the source of a siren when you are behind the wheel can be stressful. Worse, it can delay the progress of an emergency vehicle if you do not quickly and safely move out of the way.
Now Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from the ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far away it is.
You can see the technology in action here.
In the UK alone, in 2015, there were 475 road accidents involving emergency services vehicles. And it is thought the technology – that provides to the driver audible and visual alerts in the instrument cluster – could one day even advise drivers on the best course of action to safely get out of the way.
Ford is also trialling technology that can alert drivers to potential accidents when they are approaching a crossroads thanks to Intersection Collision Warning, through which the car broadcasts its location to nearby vehicles which – if equipped with the same technology – then calculate the risk of a crash. If the risk is high then a warning tells both drivers to slow down or stop.
Trials of the technologies are ongoing in the UK until the end of 2018 when UK Autodrive will be finalised.
The emergency services have the following safety tips for drivers when they hear an emergency vehicle siren:
- Keep calm, look and listen. If you hear a siren, assume an emergency vehicle is coming your way and give yourself time to plan
- Turn off the music in your car so you can hear the siren
- Look for somewhere safe to pull over and stop. Use your indicators to show you’re pulling over and avoid confusion with other road users
Make sure you leave enough space for the vehicle to pass. Be aware there may be more than one emergency vehicle in the convoy
Stay safe, stay legal. Don’t go through a red light or enter a bus lane unless directed by a uniformed police officer
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