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Ford Showcases Intelligent Vehicle Technology at Dodger Stadium Event

May 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Ford Motor Co. convened a panel of auto industry, transportation and technology visionaries at Dodger Stadium on May 25 to showcase and discuss how intelligent vehicles could soon lead to safety breakthroughs.

On June 1, Ford will conduct a similar event in San Francisco.

"Intelligent vehicles are the next frontier of collision avoidance innovations that could revolutionize the driving experience and hold the potential of helping reduce many crashes," said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering.

An October, 2010 NHTSA report on the potential safety benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle communications estimates that intelligent vehicles could help in as many as 4.3 million police-reported, light-vehicle crashes annually, or approximately 81 percent of all light-vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers. Experts say intelligent vehicles could be on the road in the near future.

Ford has built functional prototype vehicles to preview the technology, and is conducting a series of events across the country to explore the real-life benefits and near-term feasibility to save drivers' lives, fuel and time spent on the road. In addition to Los Angeles, Ford's demonstration tour has stopped in Washington D.C. and New York.

John Gartner, senior analyst at Pike Research, moderated the panel May 25 at Dodger Stadium. Panelists included:

  • Hamid Bahadori, Auto Club of Southern California, manager of transportation policy and programs
  • Alan Clelland, Iteris, senior vice president of transportation systems
  • Hasan Ikhrata, Southern California Association of Governments, executive director
  • Kevin Klowden, Milken Institute, managing economist and director of the California Center
  • James Moore, professor of industrial and systems engineering for public policy and management, and civil engineering, University of Southern California.

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