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Washington Auto Show

January 29, 2011 by staff 

Washington Auto Show, (AP) – Could “talking cars” to save lives? A group of companies is the development of car safety systems using advanced signal Wi-Fi and GPS systems that could allow vehicles to communicate with each other on the road. The cars could then send messages to warn drivers about potential accidents.

Ford Motor Co. is the demonstration of technology for policy makers and journalists in advance of the Auto Show in Washington. The technology sends multiple messages per second on the vehicle’s location, speed, brakes and steering.

If a vehicle detects a hazard, it can alert the driver. The technology aims to prevent collisions involving a car changing lanes, the approach of a disabled vehicle, or heading into an intersection when another car ignores a red light or stop sign.

Green Car Journal’s annual Green Car Vision Award ™ was presented today at the Ford Auto Show in Washington. Honoring the Ford Focus electrical vehicle that will be marketed in late 2011, the Green Car Vision Award ™ Celebrates One-tech industry, focusing on the vehicle’s environment, which is in its early marketing or demonstration, programs, but not yet on sale.

“The groundwork that Ford posed with these advanced technologies and sensitive as EcoBoost, hybrid powertrains, and ethanol flex fuel vehicles has shown an understanding of what it takes to make fundamental changes in the market, without sacrificing the features and driving pleasure that is so important to have a new car, “said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “The Electric Focus is an extension of that philosophy.”

Based on the 2012 all-new Focus platform world car, the Electric Focus was designed from the start to be effective, nicely packaged, and meet the needs of mass market with safety, comfort and elegant decoration expected of classic brand models. It is powered by lithium-ion battery and offers a planned 100-mile all-electric driving range. It can be loaded in three to four hours with a 240-volt charger at home.

This year’s Green Car Vision ™ Award finalists included the Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i, Toyota RAV4 electric and electric Volvo C30 DRIVe. For the first time in the history of this award, all nominees electric drive.

About Green Car Journal

The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy and environment since 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine organizes events, produces ride and drives clean fuel vehicles and advanced, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers about the choice of vehicles more environmentally friendly and more positive.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON AUTO SHOW

The Auto Show 2011 in Washington opens to the public from 28 January to 6 February at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANAD). This 69th edition of the exhibition will feature over 700 vehicles of more than 42 domestic and import manufacturers and a special exhibit of 65000 square feet, “The advanced technology highway.” For more information, visit the Auto Show in Washington www.washingtonautoshow.com online.

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