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Not be outdone by DaimlerChrysler, GM shows off its own communications system

It looks as though DaimlerChrysler isn't the only automotive company looking at car-to-car communications systems. General Motors has announced its new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) system which is currently being tested on Cadillac, Chevrolet, Opel and Saab models in Germany.

Like DaimlerChrysler's system, V2V uses Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology, GPS and a vehicle’s numerous computer controlled active safety systems to relay data back and forth between vehicles. The system is capable of relaying such data as Emergency Brake Warning, Blind Spot/Lane Change notification (with accompanying blinking LEDs in the side view mirror and vibrating driver's seat), Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Vehicle Warning (with location and direction of travel for the emergency vehicle).

"Driving is a very complex task. Knowing where the other guy is and where he’s headed can be as critical as being in control of your own vehicle," said GM's Hans-Georg Frischkorn. "With V2V technology, we intensify the driver’s awareness of his environment to improve road safety, without any distraction to him and certainly without reducing his level of control. This sixth sense lets drivers know what’s going on around them to help avoid accidents and improve traffic flow."

Whereas DaimlerChrysler's system will be employed in high-end Mercedes vehicles at first, GM is using off the shelf components to drive down costs and implement the system on as many vehicles as possible.

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RE: just what we need - less skilled drivers
By Aikouka on 12/12/2006 3:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, don't worry, Mr. Fenix, based on my daily travels, people already are pretty badly skilled at driving. I don't think this technology can make them much worse. I try to think in a logical manner, but not even logic can describe how people drive.

For example, a Pennsylvania driver in New York state... they drive 45 in a 55. The road stays the same, but changes as it goes into Pennsylvania and becomes 45. Now the person is going 50 in a 45. How is this even logically plausible? If you get a speeding ticket in New York, your insurance doesn't even go up, because New York doesn't report traffic infractions to Harrisburg. I don't get it. Let's just hope this system has a warning that says, "Speed Up, Dummy" :P.

But anyway, maybe this could be helpful when it comes to Emergency vehicles. I know I've seen my fair share of people not moving over for emergency vehicles, which you're most certainly supposed to do.

RE: just what we need - less skilled drivers
By slarry on 12/12/2006 11:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
But anyway, maybe this could be helpful when it comes to Emergency vehicles. I know I've seen my fair share of people not moving over for emergency vehicles, which you're most certainly supposed to do.

Hear Hear. I live in Canada and though we have regular tv ads and on our busses in the city have ads on them people STILL won't get out of the way. But what is REALLY bad is when a driver does not know what to do even if they see an emergency vehicle coming. I have seen one person block an entire road trying to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle.

People don't need more automization they need to be more aware of their surroundings and there should be a mandatory driving school check-up, around every 10 or so years, and even more often for the elderly. When I drive I am so scared that someone will just drive out and hit while looking the other way (I have witnessed this happening alot). But this could be prevented by having people go and take a check-up course.

By Clienthes on 12/13/2006 3:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
Since people won't become more aware, automation becomes necessary.
Maybe instead of automating the driving, we could just automate driver monitoring. The computer watches the driver, and if it thinks their attention isn't on the road, or they are driving like a moron, a nice little voice tells them, in the rudest possible way, what it is they need to do better. Sort of like my wife does for me. Maybe even electric shocks via the seatbelt.
I don't think consumers will go for that though, so automating the driving is the next best thing.

By ira176 on 12/13/2006 4:06:43 AM , Rating: 2
Get this, if you're a PA driver, and the State of PA suspends you license for whatever reason, for example, maybe you failed to answer a speeding summons. Now drive into NYS and get stopped by an Officer there for speeding. You'll get a ticket for Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, a Misdemeanor, and you'll get your car towed. Now how's that for a deal?

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