Ford has applied for a patent for a system that enables vehicle-to-vehicle communication with tokens. These make it possible to cooperate in ongoing traffic, with which traffic jams can be avoided.

“Clear the lane, I’m coming through!” The headlights and indicators on the left speak a clear and rather uncooperative language on German motorways. But what if you could pay to get into the fast lane and get something in return for staying on the right in slow-moving traffic for a while? Ford is currently developing such a technology. Their new patent is intended to enable cooperation between cars for better traffic management.

According to the car manufacturer, slow traffic flow also has a psychological component. The human driver concentrates only on his individual time preferences. With the new system, vehicles would be able to exchange information with each other and thus ensure a generally better traffic situation. In the patent application Ford describes a technology called “Cooperative adaptive cruise control (CAAP)”. This would automatically regulate acceleration and deceleration of vehicles during high traffic volumes.

Earn Ford tokens in traffic jams

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is already known under the German terms Abstandsregeltempomat and automatische Distanzregelung (ADR). A radar measures the distance to the car in front and adjusts the speed accordingly. In the cooperative variant, the cars would agree among themselves and exchange their own crypto tokens. The participant who wants to have the faster lane or would like to be classified with costs first is then called a “consumer vehicle”. The one who clears the way and is paid is then the “merchant vehicle”. The token system that validates and authorizes these transactions is therefore called “Cooperatively Managed Merge and Pass” (CMMP).

Ford is the second big name in the automotive business that wants to put the blockchain into circulation. Daimler AG recently introduced its own token, the MobiCoin, which aims to reward energy-saving behaviour by road users. The question now is whether the car manufacturers want to agree on a token system or whether the competing crypto currencies will soon be racing on the motorway.


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