Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), under the UK Autodrive project, demonstrated how cars could communicate with each other to notify drivers of available parking spaces – without the need for any additional parking bay sensors. Transport Systems Catapult was also involved in the trials.
The technology being trialled as part of the UK Autodrive project. Upon entering the car park, the cars get an updated heat map showing availability, while real-time updates from other connected cars show spaces filling and becoming vacant.
According to UK autodrive, in times of heavy traffic congestion, up to 30% of that traffic consists of vehicles looking for parking spaces. The project is intended to take the guesswork out of finding spaces by sending information about available spaces directly to connected or autonomous cars.
The three car manufacturers also carried out their first public road trials of two connected car safety features. The first involved an Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW) system, which alerts drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching and also indicates which direction it is coming from. The second trial demonstrated an Electronic Emergency Brake Light (EEBL) feature which gives a warning when another connected car further up the road brakes heavily – potentially giving drivers several additional seconds to avoid a possible collision.