Ford Turns to Students for Help With Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications


  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

    Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

    Undergrads may be the key to helping Ford and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute improve vehicle-to-vehicle communication. | November 09, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Ford and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are turning to students who have grown up using technology for help with improving vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
  • The two are hosting a contest for undergraduate teams to help design future driver-assistance technologies.
  • The designs should not be limited to cars, but can include commercial trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are turning to students who have grown up using technology for help with improving vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

The two are hosting a contest for undergraduate teams to help design future driver-assistance technologies.

The designs should not be limited to cars, but can include commercial trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.

"We are confident that the greatest innovation will come from students who have essentially grown up using technology," said Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, in a statement on Wednesday. "They see connected technology and automatically think how it can be used to make the greatest impact. This is a chance for them to be part of the future of transportation."

Ford said it is developing "new applications and features that will allow future customers to drive more safely and have better information to reduce their travel times and their fuel consumption."

The winning team earns $5,000, while 2nd place receives $2,500 and 3rd place gets $1,250. At least one award will recognize modes other than passenger vehicles.

Idea submissions are due December 1. Ford will participate in the judging for the competition, with the award announcements in late April.

Ford said the universities in the Midwest are being asked to put together teams for the contest.

Edmunds says: Tech-savvy students have an opportunity to leave their mark.

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