Vehicle manufacturing giant Ford stated that new technologies such as blockchain and geofencing could be paired with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to improve air quality in cities.
The company conducted a three-year study in European cities such as London, Cologne and Valencia on the ability of commercial PHEVs to help cities solve their air quality problems. The dynamic geofencing feature used in the study enabled zero-emission activity when vehicles entered a low-emission zone without driver intervention.
Ford also used blockchain technology to track a vehicle’s entry or exit times into a geographically fenced area. The vehicle manufacturing giant has found that paired technologies are working well to improve urban air quality.
In some parts of Europe, some cities have created low emission zones where access to highly polluting vehicles is restricted. Hybrid vehicles can also switch between varying emission outputs and combustion engines.