18th Dec 2012 by Admin
It might sound like a futuristic concept, but researchers in the US believe cars will one day be able to communicate with one another to prevent crashes. They’re even predicting future ‘smart cars’ will prevent up to 80 per cent of car crashes (where the driver isn’t intoxicated or impaired).
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is embarking on a year-long study to test vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. It will be the first extensive, real world survey to investigate whether the devices can help drivers avoid prangs.
Around 3000 cars, buses and trucks will be fitted with sensors (or ‘dedicated short-range communications’), to allow them to talk to one another. Some test vehicles will include devices that warn the driver of an imminent crash.
The devices will also connect with transmitters along a 117km roadway, to alert drivers to road conditions or incidents.
The data will be collected and used to make a decision about installing the wireless devices in all vehicles.
Ford, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan and General Motors have contributed vehicles for the study.