GM Working on Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology Using Wi-Fi Direct
July 30, 2012 2:26 PM
comment(s) - last by
GM working on detection systems for pedestrians to reduce accidents
General Motors has announced that it's working on new technology to help drivers detect pedestrians and bicyclists on congested streets or during poor visibility before the driver notices them. The technology relies on
, which is a peer-to-peer wireless standard that allows devices such as smartphones and tablets to communicate directly with each other without needing a shared access point or network.
Researchers at GM have adopted a method that allows Wi-Fi Direct to be integrated with other sensor-based detection and driver alert systems already available in production vehicles to detect pedestrians and bicyclists that are carrying smartphones equipped with Wi-Fi Direct. GM also plans to develop an app that people who frequently walk or ride bicycles on the road can download and use to help Wi-Fi Direct vehicles identify them.
“This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot,” said Nady Boules, GM Global R&D director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab. “Wi-Fi Direct has the potential to become an integral part of the comprehensive driver assistance systems we offer on many of our Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles.”
GM's Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology hopes to reduce crashes like this. [Image Source: Talking Treads]
The development of a wireless pedestrian detection system is integral to GM's ongoing development efforts for vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems for advanced warning of hazardous and other issues on the road. By using Wi-Fi Direct rather than forcing the car to connect to a mobile network first, devices are able to connect in roughly one second compared to needing 7 to 8 seconds to acquire location information when connecting to a network.
Wi-Fi Direct technology could also allow drivers to securely transfer files such as music or digital address book information between the computer in the home and the vehicle navigation system in the driveway.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
7/30/2012 10:04:18 PM
In Hong Kong, pedestrians actively avoid cars. If you are slow you'll get run over in a hurry.
In North America, it's the other way around.
7/31/2012 9:25:20 AM
Man it pisses me off when a walker strolls (i mean stroll as in takes their time) across the street even though there is on coming traffic and then looks at you in the car as if you made a mistake. I don't see how someone can stare down a 2 ton moving piece of metal and just take their time getting out of its path. I cross the street as fast as possible cause I know what a car can do if it hits a person and I don't wanna risk it.
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
Wi-Fi Direct Launches Today
October 25, 2010, 9:57 AM
Ford, Toyota, and Universal Pictures Celebrate "Back to the Future Day' in Style
October 21, 2015, 4:19 PM
Consumer Reports Flexes Muscle, Hits Slumping Tesla Motors Stock
October 20, 2015, 4:13 PM
Debunked: Beneath the Lies, Nigerian "Pee Generator" Is Still Pissing Into the Wind
October 19, 2015, 7:53 PM
Hot Air? President Obama, G7 Pledge to Eliminate Most Fossil Fuel Use by 2100
June 8, 2015, 5:40 PM
Study Predicts Self-Driving Vehicles Could Rake in Billions
March 6, 2015, 8:34 AM
Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D's "Insane Mode" Shocks Passengers
January 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information