12-Volt: Plotting the Path to Smart Mobility
Ford has always been respected as an automaker, but to keep up with the times they also have become technological civil engineers. We don’t expect the automaker to build our cities, but Ford really wants to have a hand in how we get around - and in the transformation of cities. As Ford CEO Jim Hackett noted in his CES keynote, “The automobile turned out to be the ultimate disruptor in human lives... but there was a price to that freedom. Roads intended for cars replaced streets intended for living.” When Ford’s first Model Ts were hitting the streets, horses and their associated leavings were permanently removed from the cobblestones. But new problems also arose, as with any new technology. Now, Ford wants to help the fight against congestion and further the path to smart mobility.
Don Butler, executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services at Ford, showed how a person having a medical emergency could have his vehicle part other vehicles - just like the Red Sea - using C-V2X (Connected Vehicle to Infrastructure). He noted, “A language needs to be created, so all the sensors [of the connected car and the city] can be linked up...and we're helping to write that language by contributing to new standards and protocols that connect everyone in the future. Everyone is a part of the community. We believe C-V2X is that connection that brings it all together.”
With a partnership between Ford and Qualcomm featuring 5G technology, C-V2X is closer than we think. Moreover, we know there will be aftermarket opportunities for this technology. We will have the opportunity to capitalize as an industry to integrate C-V2X into legacy vehicles on the road. All it takes is one family with a medial scare to be stuck in traffic, and they will purchase it for their entire extended family fleet…