Ford and Vodafone to test new connected-vehicle technology

By Simon Warburton | 1 July 2019

Ford and Vodafone are testing new connected-vehicle technology which could make it easier to find parking spaces in city centres.

Parking Space Guidance technology displays to drivers the number of spaces offered by nearby car parks and how to get to them.

"Satnavs are great at helping us to get to our destination but aren't so useful when it comes to helping us to park there – especially in city centres," said Ford of Europe Product Development engineer, Tobias Wallerius.

"Parking Space Guidance is a connected-vehicle technology that could help drivers to more quickly complete their journey, saving them money, time and benefitting overall air quality."

Parking Space Guidance, which is updated in real-time based on car park data, is being trialled by Ford and Vodafone as part of the KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) programme, in Germany, a EUR15m (US$17m) cross-industry project testing new connected-vehicle and automated driving technologies.

As test vehicles drive through the city, they receive road status and car park information from a central computer system, based on their geolocation, along with information from nearby dynamic digital road signs.

Further features being demonstrated by Ford and Vodafone as part of KoMoD include: