Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Innovation Contest Launched by Ford

Ford has launched its vehicle-to-vehicle communications innovation contest for students, and Bonner Springs Ford in Bonner Springs, KS has all the details.

Online PR News – 04-December-2012 – Kansas City, KS – Bonner Springs Ford in Bonner Springs, KS is pleased to announce the launch of Ford’s vehicle-to-vehicle communications innovation contest. Ford had teamed up with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) to bring a competition to undergraduate students, in which they will be challenged to develop applications that can enhance vehicle-to-vehicle communication. To learn more, read Ford’s news release.

“The competition encourages the development of new mobile applications on the connected vehicle platform that we hope will generate creative thinking about how to grow the potential for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technologies in the future,” said Paul Mascarenas, the chief technology officer and vice president of research and innovation at Ford. “This research is pivotal to the delivery of the next generation of Ford driver assistance technologies and will globally benefit Ford customers, other road users and the environment.”

Students will be given the opportunity to develop the V2V communication systems that will increase safety by allowing drivers to communicate easily about their driving experience. These could include anything from traffic and accidents to a bad pot hole someone might be approaching. Ford has allotted nearly 3,000 vehicles to be used to study the technology, as well as at $25 million pilot that established a real world test site near the campus of the University of Michigan.

“While connected technology has been fundamentally aimed at safety, it presents a platform for many other applications from mobility to the environment; from emissions and energy efficiency to the economy,” said Peter Sweatman, director UMTRI. “We are confident that the greatest innovation will come from students who have essentially grown up using technology. 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.”

The winning team will receive a $5,000 prize, $2,500 to second place and $1,250 to third place. To learn more, visit Bonner Springs Ford in Bonner Springs, KS. The Kansas dealer is also located online, at

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