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Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept  (Source:
GM will use technologies including GPS, distance-sensing, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in the Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept

When many think of the future, they think of flying cars zooming from place to place. While we're not quite there yet, the development of self-piloted vehicles are in the making, and General Motors plans to deploy such vehicles by the end of the decade.

GM has announced that it is currently working on the tools needed to create self-piloted cars, such as radars, sensors, cameras, GPS, and other portable communication devices. These technologies combined will allow vehicles to navigate the roads partially on their own by the middle of the decade, and by the end of the decade, more advanced functions are expected to allow autos to drive themselves completely.

Two important aspects of the self-driving vehicle are vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. This allows the car to learn more about vehicles around it, such as their speeds and locations, as well as surrounding traffic signals, accidents and detours.

GM will use technologies including GPS, distance-sensing, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in the Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept. This system will allow the vehicle to dodge collisions, identify pedestrians, park itself, and pick-up the driver. All of this can be accomplished via systems placed in the vehicle or through a smartphone app.

"The technologies we're developing will provide an added convenience by partially or even completely taking over the driving duties," said Alan Taub, GM Vice President of Global Research and Development. "The primary goal, though, is safety. Future generation safety systems will eliminate the crash altogether by interceding on behalf of drivers before they're even aware of a hazardous situation. In the coming years, we believe the industry will experience a dramatic leap in activity safety systems, and hopefully, a dramatic decline in injuries and fatalities on our roadways. GM has made a commitment to be at the forefront of this development."

The Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept will be on display at the ITS World Congress this week.

A few years back, the fully autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe was the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge winner. Other companies, such as Google, have announced the development of self-driving vehicles as well.

Source: Green Car Congress

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RE: Reminds me of I, Robot
By Reclaimer77 on 10/17/2011 2:55:37 PM , Rating: 3
I would agree with you IF there were not crazy drivers out there.

That's never going to change. We can't take the "crazy" out of humanity.

And you know, not to get personal, but I notice on the Internet everyone ELSE is a "crazy" driver. Are you going to tell me you've never done any of those things yourself? I'm just saying, let's not get too high and mighty here.

But time and time again people show that they are not fit to drive and should be driven around.

Okay I'm sorry but if someone is THAT bad of a driver their license will get revoked or suspended from all the tickets. You don't get "time and time again" these days. Accident's are going to happen. Simply saying "wrecks happen, make cars drive themselves" is a poor argument with poor supporting evidence.

You make it sound like it's Beyond the Thunderdome out there. Serious and fatal accident statistics have been on the decline.

I know it's human nature that one negative experience stands out over thousands of good ones, and you seem to be suffering from this. The huge majority of drivers out there are responsible and law-abiding. You see a few bad apples and are flipping out cause that stands out in memory. That's all.

RE: Reminds me of I, Robot
By cjohnson2136 on 10/17/2011 3:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
Have you driven in Maryland recently? I actually see more bad driving then good driving. Now I am not saying I am perfect when it comes to driving. But I don't drive above the speed limit unless that is what traffic is dictating at the time. I drive with the flow. Also just because I like to see the technological advances we as humans are making doesn't mean I want it implemented. I doubt this kind of stuff will get implemented on a nation wide basis for many many decades. Would it be cool to live a world where your car drives you around and interacts with the infrastructure t help greatly reduce accidents. I like the technological side of it not the political stuff that a lot of DT readers put into it.

RE: Reminds me of I, Robot
By Spuke on 10/17/2011 11:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
So everyone driving above the speed limit is a bad driver? I've driven in MD, I'm from PA. They drive no worse/better than any other place in the US, IMO.

What I consider a "good driver":
1. Courteous

IMO, courteousness is the basis for good driving habits.

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