FoMoCo researching how GPS satellites could help prevent car accidents

Ford has announced that it is working with Auburn University on a new project that allows GPS satellites to talk to a car in order to avoid accidents in the future. The project is part of FoMoCo’s $4 million investment in university research programs in 2009, including 16 safety projects.

“The researchers have found potential for a GPS satellite to act as an early warning system that detects when a vehicle is about to lose control and communicate with the vehicle’s stability control systems and other safety features to prevent a rollover or other serious accident,” Ford said in a statement.

The findings will be presented next week at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 11-14.

No word on how soon the technology will make it to future Ford vehicles.

– By: Omar Rana