Is your commute driving you crazy? Traffic Jam Assist is Here to Help

Commute Stress ReliefI think the majority of the people that live and work in the DMV have a few personal stories of horrific rush hour traffic.  Basically, any recap of a typical Friday night commute home when there’s a sea of vehicles in front of you at a complete stop and your top speed for the last half hour is 15 mph, will suffice.  

Take solace in knowing that you are not alone.  “Drivers spend more than 30% of their time in heavy traffic,” according to Joseph Urhahne, engineer, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering.   With the discovery of this startling statistic Ford got to work to develop a new technology that could make this burden a little less stressful.

Traffic Jam Assist is a new system that will employ technologies from features already in Ford cars including Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Aid, and Ford Powershift transmission to automatically keep pace with other vehicles & provide automated steering  control to stay in the current lane.  The ultimate purpose of the system is to reduce driver stress & fatigue, and potentially improving vehicle flow.

In Ford’s simulations they have found that, if one out of four vehicles on the road have the technology to automatically follow the traffic flow, trip times can be reduced by 37.5%, resulting in 20% fewer delays.

So, hope is on this way.  While this technology is still in it’s experimental stage, it is projected to be available on several of our Ford models within 5 years.

What do you think of this new technology from Ford? Do you think it will lessen your stress? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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