backtop


Print 20 comment(s) - last by Davelo.. on Dec 11 at 5:50 PM

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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

High-end First?
By Anonymous Freak on 12/11/2006 1:58:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because even in the right part of town, I tend to see two Mybach's driving near each other on a road where warning of an upcoming problem will actually help.....

This will be 100% useless until it ends up on basically every vehicle in the manufacturer's fleet. I could see GM adding it as some kind of addon to their OnStar service, but if it's going to be 10 years before the 'ultra-high-end' cars have it, it'll be at least 30 before a reasonable enough percentage of cars have it for it to be even remotely likely to be useful.

The underlying crash-avoidance technology is, of course, good, and will be good (for the driver of the car with it,) no matter how many cars have it. But the whole 'transmit' part will be useless. (Rear view cameras and similar make sense as 'trickle-down' items. A technology that specifically relies on other cars nearby also having it is pointless unless it is introduced in ALL cars by a major manufacturer by default.)




"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki