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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 rushfan2006 on 12/12/2006 4:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
Cynicism aside, this technology is not only beneficial, but necessary. I love breaking my tires loose and hearing my V8 howl as much as any gearhead, but automation is the future of transportation and a vital step in reducing traffic fatalities.

No. Automation isn't necessary, just like having cruise control isn't "necessary" -- its a nicety for driving, but what is NEEDED is more alertness, skillful drivers and a bit more courtesy while driving sure wouldn't hurt either. Scary that some think like you -- automate everything.

By therealnickdanger on 12/12/2006 4:52:53 PM , Rating: 3
No. Automation isn't necessary

So, do you think reducing fatalities is necessary?

Believe me, I don't really WANT automation, but when you consider the social and economic costs to this country when 43,000 people die every year, more has to be done. Driver education, continued education, and driving proficiency standards in this country are pathetic at best. We are making some strides toward improving the situation, but education will still only get you so far.

Look at Deutschland: they have one of the most comprehensive (and cost prohibitive) driver education and vehicle inspection systems in the world and they still have a fatality rate very close to the U.S. national rate. The saddest part about traffic fatalities is that the causal driver is often statistically not the one killed. It's the family of four that gets wiped out by the drunk driver.

By Fenixgoon on 12/12/2006 10:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
better driver education standards will improve things greatly. make it harder for people to pass - give failing a driver's test a REAL consequence, not just "come back in X days." make people attend driving schools (as in performance driving, where you learn how to handle a car in bad situations), use simulators. there's TONS that COULD be done. it would make getting a license far more expensive, but that's what better driver training costs.

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