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Test goal is to reduce traffic accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to launch a smart car test today in Ann Arbor Michigan. The test will span an entire year and will involve US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and National Highway Safety Administrator David Strickland along with several major automakers. 
 
The goal of the test is to investigate vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in a real-world setting that have the potential to reduce the number of accidents on the nation's highways. Technologies allowing vehicles to communicate amongst each other could help prevent many traffic accidents, saving lives and saving money on repairs. The technology test is a new effort that will investigate Wi-Fi-like tech allowing vehicles and highways to communicate.
 
The Detroit News reports that the cars could alert each other if a driver were about miss a stop sign or pull onto a busy street, for example.  The vehicles would also be able to warn each other if a car was in the blind spot of another car.
 
The test will be conducted over the next 12 months will include a number of different vehicle crash avoidance technologies.
 
That technology will include things such as forward collision warnings, “do not pass” alerts, and warnings that vehicles ahead have stopped suddenly. The yearlong test also involves some vehicle to roadway testing as well. Nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses (mostly privately owned) were equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications devices for the test.
 
Eight major automotive manufacturers are involved in the test, including Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Source: The Detroit News



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S/B New Network For CAR-WIFI
By nofear4COMment on 8/21/2012 11:00:20 AM , Rating: 2
Despite of home WiFi interference is that technology of car-talk TO car-talk WIFI might vulnerable to hacker. I'd hope on test result turned out good. Great things about technology but we should minimize of how it tie to how vehicle should operate. Next generation of smart car should have eye-on-road detection and intoxicate abuser.




RE: S/B New Network For CAR-WIFI
By cpeter38 on 8/21/2012 11:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
Whaaaat?

Dude, I gotta chug a case of beer before I re-read that ...


RE: S/B New Network For CAR-WIFI
By Biff0rz on 8/21/2012 12:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
l2engrish


Needs critical mass to be effective
By Pandamonium on 8/21/12, Rating: 0
By kwrzesien on 8/21/2012 4:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
Just tie it to reduced insurance rates and everyone will get one.


By cruisin3style on 8/22/2012 6:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm rooting for some kind of a Polling system so you can vote people out of the fast lane, if you will


Lol
By flyingpants1 on 8/21/2012 9:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The test will span an entire year and will involve US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and National Highway Safety Administrator David Strickland along with several major automakers.


So they're using government officials as test subjects? Awesome.




1000 different warning reasons...
By Qapa on 8/22/2012 7:19:46 AM , Rating: 2
are great for automated systems... not for people!

Be really careful in planning what is wanted, otherwise it will simply be useless.




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