By Ami Cholia
Posting in Technology
GM showed off a new portable vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that would allow cars, cyclists and pedestrians to wirelessly communicate with each other within a quarter of a mile.
At the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Orlando this week, GM showed off a new portable vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that would allow cars, cyclists and pedestrians to communicate with each other within a quarter of a mile. This technology could cut vehicular crashes by 81 percent, according to the automaker.
Using Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) on portable devices and smartphone applications, the device will transfer data between other devices in the vicinity, creating a wireless network that will transmit information to drivers warning them about stalled vehicles, slippery roads, cyclists, upcoming stop signs, etc. GM says that its new vehicles should come set up with the system and the company will begin retrofitting older vehicles as well. Because the strength of the device lies in numbers, the more people that carry the application - the better.
If a pedestrian or cyclist carries the device with the application, drivers would be alerted of bikes on the road or slow moving pedestrians.
“Instead of just seeing what’s right in front of them, drivers will be able to know about the truck a quarter-mile ahead that’s stalled in their lane,” said Don Grimm, a senior researcher for GM’s Perception and Vehicle Control Systems group told Wired. “Later this decade, smartphones, transponders and embedded systems could be working together to make our roadways safer.”
Oct 20, 2011
this concept should be part of an autonomous vehicle system. The autonomous vehicle is the future of transportation, once its safety record is better than the average driver's. The technology is being developed by universities and government, and should soon be available. A network of computers warning each other of dangers and signaling their intention would make the road much safer. Computers do not suffer from road rage, substance-induced impairment, physical disabilities, distraction, or the multitude of other factors that make driving dangerous.
The trouble with all this information coming at you is that it would take your mind off the road and you would start to rely on it like sat nav for directions or be overloaded and ignore it.think fighter plane cockpit. watch out for the little old lady without even a telephone at home. or the drunk on bike with no lights.
It is already difficult to focus on traffic with all the roadsigns, speed cameras, speed limits, all the different controls, displays and gauges inside the car, gps, cellphones, pedestrians, cars etc. Having yet another device to keep track of is not going to help in any way. 'Warning them about stalled vehicles, slippery roads, cyclists, upcoming stop signs'??? If you can't see these hazards for yourself, you should not even be driving. And how would this device distinguish between objects in front of me, beside me or behind me? I have no interest in knowing about cyclists half a mile behind me or on some sideroad. Here's a much better idea: make a database of car registernumbers and their drivers' cellphones, so that I can call any car in front or behind me by simply phoning its registration plate number. I would either get to the driver of the car or to its owner. Either way, that would be a vast improvement in intervehicular communication. And this system can be implemented using existing technology. No new devices needed.
I would DEFINITELY put it on my 10 year old son's bike. As a cyclist I would love it even more if a device could alert me to someone approaching that is speeding or driving erratically. I don't think that trying to make the roads safer is the same as making the sterile.
Sounds like a great idea on paper, but I get the feeling people are looking to shirk their responsibility in safely operating a vehicle. I can see a lot of if's in this concept especially with pedestrian or cyclist having to carry a transponder or the retrofitting of older vehicles. Would you carry a transponder, I would only if GM will provide it for free! I feel there are better avenues to blow money than a sterile, Utopian dream society controlled by GM. Is this the best they can do with their bail-out money? I give this idea a thumbs down!
Be very intent when you drive, stay in the middle of your lane, do not talk on the phone, do not drink before driving, keep your emotions in check, signal when changing lanes, signal when planning to take a left or a right turn. How many more platitudes do you need to follow and be a more safe driver. I myself, I always drive in the middle of my lane, I think.
These devices could be subsided by insurance companies, because at the long run, they would also benefit from a safer road system.
You forgot to mention "make sure your gun is loaded and a spare clip handy." The best defense is a good offense. Happy Motoring!