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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 TomZ on 12/12/2006 3:53:04 PM , Rating: 1
Contrary to common belief: driving is a privaledge, not a right.

LOL, you've been listening to too many police officers, government agencies, etc., to repeat that kind of crap. It is only not considered a "right" in the sense that it is regulated due to safety and taxation reasons. In other words, we all have the "right" to drive as long as we follow the rules, which necessarily have to be reasonable. We don't have unconditional or unrestricted "rights" to do anything regarding driving, just as our freedom is generally not absolute and unbounded.

RE: just what we need - less skilled drivers
By Aikouka on 12/12/2006 4:03:52 PM , Rating: 5
I hate to nitpick, but your attitude was a bit bothersome to me... so, I don't see where he's wrong, TomZ.

A privilege—etymologically "private law" or law relating to a specific individual—is an honour, or permissive activity granted by another person or a government.

Looks like driving is a privilege to me ;). They also go on to say

Defining the difference between a 'privilege' and a 'right' is quite simple: a right is inherent, while a privilege is granted.

Driving is not inherent as we must take a proficiency test to be allowed to drive on public roads and we have a license issued by the government that states that we're allowed to drive on their roads.

People who tend to consider driving as a right are the ones who tend to abuse their privilege to drive.


By Tsuwamono on 12/12/2006 8:40:44 PM , Rating: 1
W00t for Wikipedia....

By rushfan2006 on 12/12/2006 4:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry dude you are wrong on this one....driving is not a can "consider it" all you want as a right, but legally its not.

Btw, that was funny when you said you've been listening to many police officers......yeah because the ones that enforce the law traffic laws (among laws in general) wouldn't be a good source on knowing whether or not a simple thing like driving is a right or not... ;)

That's akin to replying to a post in a cooking forum after someone commented on how to cook a steak and going "lol you've been listening to too many chefs....".....

it is their field of expertise is it not?


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