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Smart Brake Light Technology May Reduce Vehicle Crash Rates in Maine and Elsewhere

184271_traffic_jams_3 sxchu username mrwrite.jpgThe automakers at Ford have created a smart brake light that can communicate with other vehicles and alert motorists to possible emergencies sooner. The experimental brake light sends a wireless signal to other cars and trucks traveling behind a vehicle. If the vehicle is required to stop suddenly, the signal activates a warning light on the dash of any autos following it. The signal can also alert motorists who are already stopped in traffic or are around a corner from an emergency. The new safety technology was developed in an effort to minimize rear-end and other collisions on roads across the United States and the rest of the world.

According to Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and Vice-President of Ford Research and Innovation, technology that allows vehicles to communicate with one another is a major advancement in roadway safety. More than 500 drivers tested the brake light technology over a four-year-period prior to its recent unveiling in Germany. Mascarenas said Ford is committed to testing and improving the safety technology further before the company begins to install smart brake lights in Ford vehicles in the “foreseeable future.”

Other motor vehicle safety technologies that are currently being tested by Ford include a roadway obstacle warning system, a traffic sign assistant, traffic management software, and in-vehicle internet access that would allow drivers to stay informed about traffic conditions ahead. The technologies Ford is testing are part of the Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield Germany research project. The project is an industry-wide study of new smart motor vehicle safety system technologies.

Someone who has been hurt or certain relatives of someone who died in a traffic accident in Maine may be entitled to recover damages for lost wages and benefits, any resulting permanent or temporary disability, medical bills, pain and suffering, and the expenses associated with a deceased loved one’s funeral. If you were injured by another driver, you should contact a quality car accident lawyer to discuss your right to recovery in more detail.

If you were harmed or someone close to you was killed in an avoidable traffic accident anywhere in the State of Maine, give the attorneys at Briggs & Wholey, LLC a call toll free at (888) 596-1099. The knowledgeable Rockport personal injury lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing people who suffered a serious or life-threatening injury in Maine. At Briggs & Wholey, our knowledgeable attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury claim. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced advocate, please contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website today.

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Additional Resources:

Ford helps develop an intelligent brake light that communicates with other vehicles, by Nick Kurczewski, New York Daily News

Ford tests remote brake lights, motoring.com

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