It is critical for personnel who respond to emergency calls in emergency circumstances to get to the location as quickly as possible. The factors that contribute to their slowing down might have fatal repercussions. Ford has tested linked traffic signal technology that can automatically switch green to create clearer roads for ambulances, fire engines, and police cars. Additionally, this might assist minimize the likelihood of an accident caused by rescue personnel driving through a red light.
"Whether it's a fire truck guarding a fire or an ambulance on its way to an accident, the last thing anyone wants is for these drivers to be forced to stop among other vehicles waiting for the traffic lights to turn on," says Martin Sommer, research engineer, Automated Driving Europe, Ford of Europe.