Ford: Bluetooth will help protect pedestrians

Ford: Bluetooth will help protect pedestrians

How can Bluetooth technology help protect pedestrians and cyclists? Ford explains what his idea was.

Pedestrians and cyclists on the road – Ford has an idea to reduce the risk

According to the official statistics of the Polish police, in 2021 more than 500 pedestrians were killed on the roads and another 4,000 were injured. More than 3,000 cyclists were also involved in the accidents. These are numbers that Ford hopes to reduce. And this is through a popular technology like Bluetooth. However, while the intentions are as good as possible, the effectiveness of the solution can be questioned.

Let’s start with how Bluetooth can help in the fight against road accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. Ford’s idea is to use a mobile app that – by reading the user’s location – can (via Bluetooth) inform the car (and thus: its driver) that it is nearby.. Oh, an additional layer of protection – for the driver’s attention and the car’s vision systems – activated, for example, in the event of a pedestrian approaching a corner quickly.

This, however, will not work. Almost certainly

A similar solution has been tested in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The program appeared, thanks to the phones that via Bluetooth notified of their presence and if the coronavirus was detected in one of the users, information about the possibility of contact was sent to other people. It would work the same way, and therefore … unlikely to work. It will be difficult to encourage people to install the app on phones and use it – mainly due to privacy and energy loss, i.e. to shorten the operating time between costs.

However, Ford also points to the advantages of its proposal. First of all, it is the fact that this technology uses Bluetooth, so that almost every modern car is immediately compatible with it. The American manufacturer also points out that it can be more effective than vision systems (the pedestrian does not have to be in front). Even if one were to agree with these arguments, the doubts contained in the previous paragraph will probably prevail. What is your opinion?

Source: Engadget, Ford