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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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Skilled Drivers?
By panda10 on 12/12/2006 5:55:54 PM , Rating: 2
Wow- a lot of these comments are misdirected. If people think automation makes worse drivers- then ok- that's a belief you can have. But when the NTSB has a study that says additional automation saves lives (like stabilitrac) then the gripes I have read about have less clout. To the guy that had 3 camaros and only a seat belt- why not rip out your air-bags- sell them and drive knowing you don't have airbags. That makes you a better driver- right?

As for another comment about PA drivers in NY going 40 in a 55- that has nothing to do with automation and more to do with individual driving preference. These things are meant to prevent the catastraphic- not make the everyday road rage go away.

Lastly- you don't want automation- just buy a car that doesn't have the tech installed.

Making driving difficult does not make better drivers and making driving easier will not make worse drivers. There will always be good drivers and bad drivers. The tech is suppossed to save lives- not eliminate bad drivers.




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