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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: Another flawed execution
By TomZ on 12/12/2006 3:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
These are just prototype proof-of-concept systems, so at this point no standards are needed. The purpose of these systems is to gain a thorough understanding of requirements and to get some experience with developing these systems, before a real production system is developed.

The automotive industry has a good track record of developing vehicle communications standards and making devices interoperable, although we may not be aware of that at a consumer level. To develop V2V systems will require collaboration between automotive companies and governments (since these systems will also communicate with fixed infrastructure systems as well), probably under the guidance of organizations like SAE, ISO, etc. The market potential is large, and the need for interoperability is obvious to all parties - so standardization and commonization will happen.


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