29 Feb '12, 6pm

Connected cars to untangle snarled traffic: The Ford B-MAX car is pictured during its presentation on the openin...

Connected cars to untangle snarled traffic: The Ford B-MAX car is pictured during its presentation on the openin...

The Ford B-MAX car is pictured during its presentation on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb 27, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP BARCELONA (AFP) - A car that dials emergency services itself in case of a crash and warns its driver of traffic snarls ahead: Ford Motor's chief believes connected autos will pave the road to the future. As car ownership numbers boom in the great emerging economies, the mobile communications technology on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week may help unclog jammed infrastructure. 'If we do nothing, we face the prospect of 'global gridlock', a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources and even compromises the flow of commerce and healthcare,' warned Mr Bill Ford in a speech to the congress on Monday. China took the dubious honour of hosting the world's worst traffic snarl in 2010, with an...

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