Cars with in-built communications systems represent the future of transportation, which could also require automotive engineering to keep up with the changes.
A joint venture Ford and Panasonic, which has worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation, aims to deploy vehicles with V2X technology. The new system would allow cars to communicate with one another, as well as interact with their environment.
If the technology becomes a reality, automotive manufacturers would likely see a bigger demand for designing new cars equipped with the new system. For instance, a Baileigh magnetic sheet metal brake provides design flexibility on enclosed shapes. Choosing the right metal brake is important especially one that could bend copper in different ways.
The new technology also coincides with an uptick electric car consumption in the U.S. An industry forecast shows that sales could reach 1 million units in October. While this may still account for a small share of the market, it only indicates that sustainable transportation has already gained some traction.
As cars become more high-tech, improved safety could arguably be the single greatest benefit of the V2X communications system. According to Panasonic’s Chris Armstrong, modern cars could leverage the existing sensors and GPS functionalities among other features by sharing information while on the road.
This exchange of data could simply manifest through a car accident when other approaching vehicles are alerted of the scene to be extra careful. It could also be in the form of having an extra pair of eyes particularly on blind spots, where cars could alert each other before attempting to make a turn.
The design and production of modern vehicles would require better equipment and resources. Manufacturers would also have to think how their metal fabrication capabilities measure against the growing demand for electric cars.