Lane splitting isn't a bowling move (I don't think), but a common trick by motorcyclists to help reduce traffic build-up while also keeping on their merry way. But there are risks involved, risks that Fold may have found a solution for.
Lane splitting, the act of a motorcycle driving between cars in their lanes during stopped traffic, may find new safety with the automakers latest technology. Ford has recently patented a way for vehicles to detect lane splitters via sensors and cameras, and even taking evasive action if needed.
The patent describes the system as one using rear-facing cameras that work with the car's current active-safety features. The latter half of that is key, as it means Ford will be able to roll out this new feature quick quickly since it uses existing technology already.
Ford already has plans to release the Co-Pilot360, a safety suite of feature standard on most new vehicles. It features a rear-view camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, active lane control, and automatic high beams. The first vehicle to come with the Co-Pilot360 will be the 2019 Ford Edge.
This technology could also potentially assist self-driving software. According to the IEEE Spectrum report, detecting bicycles and motorcycles is the hardest task for autonomous vehicles to solve.
Ford Patents Lane Splitting Technology
Posted By: LizardRock | 0 Comment(s) Posted On: Jun 06, 2018 @ 12:50 AM