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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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By FITCamaro on 12/12/2006 4:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm actually with you on this. People are already lazy enough when driving. How many people do you see on the freeway doing 75 mph and barely paying attention to the road (if at all)? With all the airbags, ABS, etc equipment in cars nowdays people feel so safe that they don't think they need to pay attention. The safety equipment will save them and insurance will replace the car. This will just amplify that lack of concentration. Also add to that that the average kid these days doesn't even learn to drive properly to begin with, and you can see why this scares the hell out of me.

My first 4 cars were two 85 Camaros, an 87 Camaro, and an 89 Camaro. You want to know what safety features I had? A seatbelt. So guess what, I paid attention to the road because if I hit something or someone hit me hard enough, I was leaving in an ambulance or a body bag. Plus if I wrecked it, the insurance money I'd get wouldn't come anywhere close to replacing the car. And my parents wouldn't be buying me another car like a lot of kids (even college students).


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