Traffic congestion is one of the most widespread problems in large cities. And now Ford plans to improve the situation with their new system.
The application to US Patent and Trademark Office was submitted yesterday, March 27, 2018. In this patent application Ford plans to focus on the drivers' attitude towards each other.
“Traffic congestion occurs when one or more lanes of a multilane road are blocked, for example, because of a construction or an accident. The blocked lanes reduce the flow rate of vehicles through the section of the road with the blocked lanes. The reduced flow is compounded due to the psychology of human drivers who focus on their individual travel time preferences.”, is stated in the patent.
Ford plans to utilize a new CMMP token - “Cooperatively Managed Merge and Pass” to make travel faster and easier for everybody with their Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control system. People who allow other drivers to merge into their lane will be rewarded with the said tokens. Or, for example, one can exchange tokens when “occupying slower lanes of traffic”. And if you're in real hurry or are late for the meeting, you can request other drivers on your way to let you pass for the price paid in CMMP.
So, if you think about other people on the road, you get tokens for it, and then you can exchange them for a faster way to get somewhere when you are in a dire need.