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This technology could address 81 percent of unimpaired vehicle crashes

Imagine driving your vehicle through an intersection as the light turns green, and having your car tell you to hit the brakes immediately. Just as you comply, a car speeds by coming from your left. That car would be in your driver's side door right now had you not listened to your vehicle's request. Now stop imagining, because the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)  announced the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge today, which will bring Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology to life.  

RITA is a unit of the U.S. Department of Transportation that was created in 2005. It provides transportation statistics and analysis, coordinates research and education programs, and integrates advanced technologies into the transportation system. At the head of the unit's helm is Administrator Peter Appel. 

RITA's Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge is a national competition that is looking for new ideas on how to apply wireless connectivity between vehicles. It is open to all idea innovators whether they work in the transportation industry or not. 

The challenge is specifically looking for applications or product-related ideas that utilize Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), which is a wireless technology that is a faster and more secure version Wi-Fi. DSRC is capable of exchanging messages between vehicles in a fraction of a second without needing any control from the driver. It is also able to do this with a minimal amount of interference. 

With DSRC-based systems, vehicles would not only communicate with each other, but also with the surrounding infrastructure such as traffic signals and work zones. This will allow the vehicle to alert the driver when approaching construction and other driving-related variables. 

"This technology is an opportunity to help create a future where millions of vehicles communicate with each other by sharing anonymous real-time information about traffic speeds and conditions," said Appel. "This new world of wireless communication will make transportation safer, provide better and faster exchange of information for vastly improved daily and long-distance travel, and even reduce environmental pollution."  

Some companies have already started creating technology similar to what RITA is looking for. For instance, CNBC Correspondent Phil LeBeau recently tested a crash avoidance system in Detroit called Intellidrive. The system was created by a dozen major automakers along with the federal government, and utilizes technology that took nine years to develop. Vehicles strictly communicate amongst each other through GPS receivers and Wi-Fi signals, exchanging data about each cars location and speed. With this information, a vehicle can warn the driver of a potential crash before it happens. LeBeau noted that this technology could be available in six to seven years. 

In addition, back in 2006, GM announced that it was looking to create a similar vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) system. The system utilized GPS, Wi-Fi technology, and computer-controlled active safety systems. At that time, it was already being tested on Chevrolet, Cadillac, Saab and Opel models in Germany. 

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other as well as the surrounding infrastructure wirelessly could address 81 percent of all vehicle crashes that are unrelated to impaired driving. 

The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge will run from January 24 through May 1 of this year, and the winners will receive "funded opportunities" to present their innovative ideas and produce some of the most advanced wireless technology for new vehicles. 



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Old idea...
By CZroe on 1/26/2011 9:55:48 AM , Rating: 3
Although there is potential for abuse, I'd love to be able to send messages like "turn on your headlights" or "use your turn signal." In fact, over 20 years ago I always dreamed of it as a little kid and even wanted to get a scrolling LED sign to approximate such a system (they'd have to look at me, of course). I thought that I'd someday "invent" a wireless system but I never took initiative.

Obviously, it would have to be a selection of polite pre-configured messages to avoid rampant abuse. Can you imagine the road-rage incidents triggered by allowing unfiltered messages? :)




RE: Old idea...
By MrTeal on 1/26/2011 10:10:36 AM , Rating: 3
This is for the vehicles to send information on speed, position and other factors that could be used to prevent accidents, not to give you another way to distract yourself while driving by sending the guy in front of you a "lolz outta my way newb"


RE: Old idea...
By Solandri on 1/26/2011 4:58:18 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Imagine driving your vehicle through an intersection as the light turns green, and having your car tell you to hit the brakes immediately. Just as you comply, a car speeds by coming from your left. That car would be in your driver's side door right now had you not listened to your vehicle's request.

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This is for the vehicles to send information on speed, position and other factors that could be used to prevent accidents, not to give you another way to distract yourself while driving by sending the guy in front of you a "lolz outta my way newb"

Imagine driving your vehicle along the highway and having your car tell you to hit the brakes immediately. Just after you comply, a car in the next lane pulls into your lane in front of you, driver laughing. The car's driver sent a false signal to your car (making it look like his car was on collision course with yours) to make you slow down so he could squeeze in.

There are a lot of ways this could be abused. You can't design these things assuming everyone will use it responsibly. That's how email was designed, and the spammers have abused it to hell and back. You have to design these things for the lowest common denominator. Think of the worst possible way to abuse it, and if you can't design that out of the system then you have to consider if the system is still useful even with that abuse.


RE: Old idea...
By JediJeb on 1/26/2011 10:25:44 AM , Rating: 4
This has been around for over 40 years, it's called a CB :)

Though only the truck drivers are using them now.


RE: Old idea...
By amanojaku on 1/26/2011 11:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
<Enter Stewie>
Warm out today
Warm yesterday
Even warmer today

Met her on my CB
Said her name was Mimi
Sounded like an angel come to Earth
But when I went to meet her
Man you shoulda seen her
Twice as tall as me three times the girth

Oh my fat baby loves to eat
A big ol' Buddha belly and
Her breasts swing past her feet
My fat baby loves to ea-eat
My big ol' fatass baby loves to eat

I GOT BLISTERS ON ME FINGERS!


RE: Old idea...
By AlphaVirus on 1/26/2011 10:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
CZroe I have to admit I've always had the same thoughts. I always hate seeing something that should be reported but there really is no way, aside from rolling your window down and screaming at the top of your lungs.
There was one time this lady was driving a Prius and her tire was riding half-flat and I pulled up next to her blowing my horn but she was completely oblivious. I had no choice but to drive off.

In my vision I imagined the license plates being like the ID of the vehicle, for obvious reasons, and each car would have a dial pad that you could punch the numbers in.

The main downside, which you mention, is having people abuse it. My first thought would be, not only road rage, but men trying to hit on women.


RE: Old idea...
By Adonlude on 1/26/2011 1:41:19 PM , Rating: 3
There is a great potential for abuse here. With fully "connected" vehicles all kinds of law enforcement information could be pulled from your car at every intersection. No need for red light cameras anymore. At every intersection it would be trivial to determine if you were speeding, ran the light, rolled a stop, or anything else you can think of. If every car had this technology this would be low hanging fruit for any politician to make his carrer with. It will be "for the childern" and eventually disabling this hardware in your vehicle will be as illegal as removing your catalytic converter or not wearing a seatbelt.


RE: Old idea...
By jharper12 on 1/26/2011 2:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but, in a world where you are a billionaire, and you never drive yourself anymore... do you care about this kind of system being implemented? No, because it no longer affects you, because you aren't driving anymore. In much the same way, if this system could/would finally lead to cars driving themselves, then I don't really care about speeding or stop lights anymore. I'll get there when I get there, and in the mean time I'll be working or catching up on the latest episode of Castle. We should be striving towards smarter cars and more distracted drivers, not shying away from it. We waste far too much time commuting.


RE: Old idea...
By acase on 1/26/2011 2:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
I've always thought the same thing. Luckily now there is this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/d138/


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