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DC shows off new car-to-car communication system

Automation is quickly starting to flood automobiles these days and DaimlerChrysler is putting the finishing touches on a system that could make traveling roads safer for drivers around the world. DC's Wireless Local Danger Warning (Willwarn) joins the likes of self-steering, automated parking, radar-based cruise control, radar-based rear collision detection and traffic/weather-enabled GPS systems.

Willwarn uses onboard ABS, ESP, EBD and GPS systems to monitor hazardous road conditions (fog, black ice, pot holes, etc.) or broken down vehicles. The data accumulated is then transmitted via an ad-hoc WiFi connection to following or oncoming vehicles within a 500 meter radius. Cars near the edge of the 500 meter radius of a signaling vehicle can also become a beacon to relay data to more vehicles.

The information collected is then displayed to the driver so that proper precautions can be taken to avoid or safely navigate problem areas on the road.

DaimlerChrysler hopes to have the new system in place by the end of the decade with high-end Mercedes and Maybach models most likely getting first dibs.

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RE: Overload
By Cogman on 12/10/2006 6:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to do something like this to rob someone. People do things like this just for fun. Think about virus's, it a computer geek wanted to stop someones computer from running, why doesn't he just go in and shut it off? Or if he wants control of it why doesn't he just go steal it? Because he will get caught.

If someone wants to just annoy people or scare them (Heck even if it was a terrorist trying to slow or stop the roads in the US) They could put an obstical in front of them and effect 10 people or more, or they could install a lieing device and effect hundreds of people in a short while. Traffic would be diverted from the site and other sites because they could do things like report 10000 of cars are stuck in traffic, or a volcano just exploded. Anything like that. Lets face it, people do dumb things like this a lot. again, think of computer Viruses.

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