Ford has developed a new Traffic Jam Assist that assumes control of braking and steering as the car's radar spots heavy traffic ahead.
It is hoped the new tool will reduce overall congestion and enable vehicles to navigate frustrating queues more effectively.
The manufacturer has developed the new system as part of its 'Blueprint for Mobility', which showcases the cutting edge technology that could be fitted to cars in five years' time.
With the technology potentially making it easier get through traffic and avoid abreakdown nightmare, drivers might welcome it with open arms.
Ford's Traffic Jam Assist is based on the Active Park Assist, which interacts with a vehicle's surroundings to help with perpendicular parking.
When the technology is introduced it will be ideal for motorway driving because it will follow traffic ahead and maintain lane position provided the lanes are clearly marked and there are no pedestrians, animals or cyclists.
"Drivers spend more than 30 per cent of their time in heavy traffic," said Joseph Urhahne, engineer, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.
"Traffic Jam Assist could help make travelling through congestion a more relaxing experience and, by using technology to keep pace with the flow of traffic, potentially help relieve road congestion."
Copyright Press Association 2012